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MIC Elections 2009: Vell Paari said to be in deal with Palanivel

Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, July 13 @ 05:41:36 CDT

NST, 2009/07/13 KUALA LUMPUR: 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 him.

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 nomination."

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 later.

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.

However, the 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 three-year term.

Samy Vellu, the party's longest-serving president, has been helming the party since 1979



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