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MIC Elections 2009: MIC Deputy President Hopefuls Campaign For Change

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 26 @ 08:53:34 CDT

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Barack Obama advocated change in the United States' presidential campaign to get to the White House, and the theme has been pounced on by two of the MIC deputy president hopefuls in their attempt to unseat in*****bent Datuk S.Palanivel in the coming MIC elections.

With party president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu openly backing Palanivel, former party No. 2 Datuk S.Subramaniam and vice-president Datuk S.Sothinathan are campaigning for change.


Subramaniam has picked the theme "Change for the Better" while going for broke, and Sothinathan has named his campaign "Believe in Change - Vote for Change."

The party elections on Sept 12 come after the worst showing by the MIC in the country's general election last year, including the defeat of Samy Vellu himself in his once stronghold of Sungai Siput in Perak.

Subramaniam, who was the deputy president from 1981 until his defeat at the hands of Palanivel in the 2006 party elections, said the party had to have much-needed reforms to reposition itself as the voice of the Indian community.

"In those days, MIC was the umbrella for most Indian Malaysians ... and represented the aspirations and well-being of the Indian community, but see what the situation is today. There are so many parties representing them," he said.

A former deputy minister who has served in various ministries, Subramaniam also sees the need to bring greater freedom of expression in the party, among members and leaders alike, to tolerate and accept different opinions.

Sothinathan, meanwhile, said the image of the MIC had been severely tarnished and there was a need to re-energise the party in terms of confidence, strength and image.

"A comprehensive confidence-boosting action plan must be carved out and implemented across the country, enabling members to be motivated to make sacrifices and work hard for the betterment of the Indian community as a whole," he said.

His vision for change also calls for empowering branch and divisional leaders, fair and equal opportunities for everyone in the party, uniting the Indian community under one umbrella, and incorporating democracy as part of the party's culture.

Palanivel, when contacted by Bernama, said he would answer questions on his campaign later as he was busy meeting delegates.

More than 1,400 delegates will vote in the polls.

-- BERNAMA

MIC Probing Candidates Allegedly Involved In Caste-Based Politics     -->
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- The MIC has started a probe following a newspaper report yesterday of the alleged involvement of certain party leaders in caste-based politics, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Tuesday.

The party was also investigating the alleged involvement of these leaders with "outside forces", particularly some businessmen, who according to Samy Vellu were said to be harbouring ill-intentions against the party.

"We have been monitoring their (these businessmen's) activities and their association with some MIC leaders. They have been detrimental to our party and it is time to act.

"The MIC is considering taking action against its members who work hand in glove with these businessmen by using caste-based politics to win in the MIC elections," he said in a statement here.

Samy Vellu also said that the MIC wanted the Home Ministry to take action against the newspaper for publishing the caste issue.

He said the party's sole representative in the Cabinet, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, would be asked to raise the matter at the Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

"The newspaper has caused the MIC to look like a caste-based party. This is not true and we want action to be taken against the newspaper," he said.

The MIC also wanted the newspaper to retract the articles it had published in the run-up to the Sept 12 MIC elections and apologise to the party members.

"The Indian Malaysian community is totally against the practice of caste, especially in politics. There is no room for such people in the party," Samy Vellu said, adding that the MIC has always been championing all members of the Indian community.

"I have said it before and I am saying it now. The MIC is for all Indians and we will not hesitate to take action against leaders or members who use caste to advance their political career," he added.

Earlier today, the MIC Youth lodged a police report against the newspaper.

-- BERNAMA

NST

Samy Vellu upset with caste politics reports
2009/08/26 By B. Suresh Ram KUALA LUMPUR: Dark clouds are gathering over the MIC as key leaders vying for top posts in party elections on Sept 12 find themselves accused of playing up a taboo subject -- caste politics. On the list may be former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam, who is going for the number two position, and his challenger and former vice-president, Datuk S. Sothinathan.

Party chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is hopping mad over reports that the party was in the middle of a caste war in the run-up to landmark elections that may determine the next generation of senior leaders.

He told reporters yesterday that the party was investigating certain party leaders for alleged involvement in caste politics.
He said the party was also investigating if the leaders were in cohorts with "outside forces" including some successful businessmen said to be wanting to use caste for leverage in the party.

"We have been monitoring their ( the businessmen's) activities and their association with some MIC leaders. They have been damaging the party and it is time for us to act.

"We are considering action against members working hand in glove with these businessmen to use caste to win the elections," he said when commenting on reports and a graphic in a newspaper which highlighted the issue on Monday.

The newspaper had quoted a source as saying that a group calling itself namavar or "our people", and said to be chaired by millionaire businessman Datuk Vyran T. Raj, had met separately with Subramaniam and Sothinathan last month.

Subramaniam is supposed to have said that he would abolish caste politics and open the MIC to all Indians if voted in.

Samy Vellu said the MIC would seek an explanation from Subramaniam if it was established that he had indeed uttered words to that effect.

He said this was because his alleged statement was tantamount to branding the MIC as a caste-based party.

"The Malaysian Indian community is totally against the caste system, especially in politics. There is no room for people who advocate caste in the party," Samy Vellu said.

"I have said it before and I am saying it again.
"The MIC is for all Indians and we will not hesitate to act against leaders or members who use caste to advance their political career."
It is understood that caste has always been an issue in the party, with the majority of members belonging to depressed castes disgruntled over the lack of opportunities for advancement in the hierarchy.

It has been said that they have also been upset with the fact that nothing had changed over the decades with their complaints generally "swept under the carpet" by the leadership.

Of the report itself, he said the party wanted the Home Ministry to take action against the newspaper for fanning caste sentiments by writing about the issue and associating the term "pariah" with the party.

He said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam would raise the matter in cabinet today.

"The newspaper has caused the MIC to look like a caste-based party.

"This is not true and we want action to be taken against it."

Earlier in the day, MIC Youth chief T. Mohan lodged a police report against the newspaper.

He said 15 reports had been lodged nationwide by MIC division youth leaders.

 
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