KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- An MIC leader has called on the
Barisan Nasional to investigate an allegation that a BN component party
leader was involved in undermining the MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy
Vellu's chances of retaining the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat at the
2008 general election.
MIC information chief and Deputy Federal Territorirs Minister Datuk M.
Saravanan said the allegation by businessman O.M.S. Thiagarajan in the
Tamil newspapers yesterday should be fully investigated as it was very
"I will be talking to BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan
Tengku Mansor about the matter soon," he told Bernama here Thursday.
Thiagarajan was quoted as saying on Tuesday that he had the
assistance of a BN component party leader to oust Samy Vellu from
Sungai Siput at the general election to ensure that the MIC president
did not retain the position of works minister.
Samy Vellu lost the seat, which he had held for more than 20
years, in the general election and subsequently the MIC was not given
the ministerial portfolio traditionally reserved for the party.
Saravanan said that if the allegation was true, stern action must be taken against the component party leader.
"I am not accusing Thiagarajan of making a false statement, but I
just want BN component party leaders cleared of any such allegation.
"This allegation can create a lot of discomfort and result in
disunity among BN component parties. It is a serious allegation and
should be clarified as soon as possible," he added.