By V. Vasudevan and Suganthi Suparmaniam
KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Datuk T. Murugiah may be down, but he is not backing out.
"I am going to appeal this decision with the Registry of Societies
(ROS). I have to as the public think I have committed a mistake. I have
to clear my name," he said yesterday of the ROS decision that the
emergency meeting which had proclaimed him as the People's Progressive
Party (PPP) president was illegal.
The ROS had said that Datuk M. Kayveas is the PPP chief and has given him a month to set the party records straight.
"I have 100,000 members on my side. I am humble, simple and not arrogant.
"Many of these people crossed over to me for this reason," he said, taking a veiled dig at Kayveas.
his party-less status Murugiah, who is a deputy minister in the Prime
Minister's Department, said he would continue working for the people.
"I will continue. Every day people come to my office. I will continue to serve. I will use the Barisan Nasional platform."
Those he had appointed as state chairmen of the PPP have pledged their continued support to him.
Johor state chairman Dr R. Muruga Raj said he and his 24 divisions had
a meeting on Thursday to discuss their future and had agreed never to
go back to Kayveas.
"None of us will be going back to Kayveas. We will be with Murugiah until the end," he said yesterday.
Dr Muruga Raj said the ROS's decision was not the end of their struggle.
"For us, the game is not over, it's like half time in a football game.
At least we managed to win half of our battle when we managed to
protect his deputy minister's post.
"Now, let Kayveas answer the show cause letter."
Murugiah's Federal Territory chairman R. Rajendran and Pahang's R. Karunakaran are also sticking by him.
"The decision is Murugiah's. We will do whatever he wants. I'm sure
he will not go back to Kayveas as Murugiah is a man of principle,"
Meanwhile, Kayveas said he had received quite a
number of calls from members asking him to talk to state chairmen to
take them back into the party fold.
"I've instructed state
chairmen and division leaders to take back these misled members who
have been made all sorts of promises.
"We don't have time to play this game," he said, adding that the prolonged ROS decision had confused a lot of members.
He said there were not many members who had left his camp, but only those who were waiting for the ROS's decision.