PETALING JAYA: Former Selangor youth chief P. Subramaniam (pic) is campaigning with the tagline “Change and rebuild MIC”, in his bid to win a vice-president’s post in the Sept 12 party polls. “I
have received encouraging response from delegates who are receptive to
the idea of change. They feel it is time for young leaders to come into
mainstream politics,” he said in an interview.
The 44-year-old Subramaniam, who is Kelana Jaya division
vice-chairman, said the youth chiefs in Umno and MCA had already
progressed to national politics and likewise, the time has come for
MIC’s grassroot leaders to rise in the political hierachy. Subramanian
will be up against six others for the post, three of them endorsed by
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu – secretary-general Datuk Dr S.
Subramaniam, treasurer Datuk S.K. Devamany and information chief Datuk
M. Saravanan. The others in the race are Johor MIC treasurer
Datuk S. Balakrishnan, former Federal Territory chief Datuk V.K.K.
Teagarajan and Jelebu division chief P. Mariayee. “I know it is
an uphill task against the endorsed team but I still have the
confidence that the 1,464 delegates will choose wisely,” Subramaniam
said. The father of two, who has been busy meeting delegates
from Penang, Perak, Johor and Selangor, said six out of 10 delegates he
had met wanted a change in the party leadership. “My 26 years in the MIC has moulded me to face greater challenges in the party. “There
have been ups and downs, and the experience will help me serve the
community better as a vice-president, if I am elected,” he said. Subramaniam
said one of the reasons which motivated him to contest was his desire
to bridge the divisions in the Indian community. “There are more parties sprouting for Indians and this is creating further divisions in a minority community,” he said. Subramaniam
said the MIC must have leaders who would be able to win their hearts
and minds of young voters who are expected to be the key in the next
general election. “I believe the Indians in the country still
care for and love the MIC, and will return to the party if the
leadership is transparent and accountable.