Despite MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's earlier announcement
that he will not endorse any candidate for the deputy president's post
in the September party elections, talk is rife that he favours
in*****bent Datuk G. Palanivel.
There are reasons for the talk.
One, Palanivel is always seen accompanying Samy Vellu to any event. As
previous party elections indicated, the president's men always follow
There was also a recent news report that said Samy Vellu had endorsed Palanivel as deputy president.
Samy Vellu has since distanced himself from the report.
The third and most obvious are his attacks on the other two
candidates -- former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and
vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan.
Subramaniam was questioned
on issues relating to Maika Holdings Berhad while Sothinathan, who was
once said to be Samy Vellu's blue-eyed boy, was criticised for
announcing his candidacy.
When asked if Palanivel was his
endorsed candidate, Samy Vellu said yesterday: "You can take it that
way if you want. But I have not endorsed anyone yet. I have my own
candidates but I am not going to announce it now. Wait till the
A former party secretary-general said Palanivel
was favoured by the president's son, S. Vell Paari, who had wanted the
weakest candidate of the three to ensure that he would not be sidelined
Vell Paari, who is said to be after the vice-presidency,
is said to have struck a deal with Palanivel for the party elections:
help him win the vice-presidency and he will get his father to endorse
Palanivel as the number two.
"Vell Paari knows if the other two
candidates win, it will be the end of his political career. They will
definitely not want him around," he added.
The post of MIC
deputy president is being closely watched by party members after Samy
Vellu's earlier announcement that he would hand over the party to the
new deputy president after the party elections.
new deputy president may not be able to take over the party so soon
following Samy Vellu's statement that he wanted to finish his
Samy Vellu, the party's longest-serving president, has been helming the party since 1979