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Young MIC VP candidate faces disciplinary charge

Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, September 07 @ 06:04:21 CDT

MIC, Sep 07
By Baradan Kuppusamy KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — While the rest of the candidates in the Sept 12 MIC elections are criss-crossing the country wooing voters, vice-presidential candidate P. Subramaniam was forced to sit before the party’s Disciplinary Committee this morning to answer a charge of why he should not be expelled for allegedly tarnishing the image of the MIC.

His crime — in a media interview last month he had said the party needs “wise men and not Yes-men.” For that, the MIC disciplinary committee headed by Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo, a loyalist of party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, has asked him to show cause. “I am unhappy with this action. I am busy campaigning and this move is distracting me from my campaign,” Subramaniam told The Malaysian Insider. “I am innocent but I cannot avoid the inquiry, I have to show cause or otherwise I can be expelled.” Subramaniam was questioned for about an hour and will know his fate tomorrow when the MIC Central Working Committee meets. But the little known Subramaniam has now become famous, not only because he is the youngest candidate, at 44 years, to vie for one of the three vice-presidents posts, but also because he faces sacking midway in the campaign. Nobody before has been asked to “show cause” in the middle of an election campaign, MIC insiders say. “We see this as outright discrimination against an opponent,” said K.P.Samy, a Klang businessmen contesting as CWC candidate. “There are so many things to investigate like money politics, delegates getting sarees and other incentives that we can read about in the newspapers” Although a first time contender, Subramaniam has one of the most eye-catching campaigns with a website, colourful brochures and a team of youths to canvass support for him. He holds an MBA in sports management and was previously Selangor MIC youth leader and decided to aim higher believing the party needs an infusion of young blood. “I might be young but I have been in the party for 26 years,” he said. Subramaniam faces an uphill task against the “official-line” fielded by Samy Vellu which comprises party secretary-general and Human Resources minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk S.K. Devamany. Others in the race are P. Mariayee of Negri Sembilan, Johor MIC treasurer Datuk K.S. Balakrishnan and former Federal Territory MIC chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan. Of the four challengers Balakrishnan or contractor Bala, as he is better known, seems to have a slim chance to dethrone one of the three in the “official line-up”. “He has deep pockets and big campaign machinery that covers the whole country,” MIC sources said. “His camp because of their resources is able to do horse trading for block votes.” Subramaniam on the other hand is depending on the “sincerity” of delegates to pick a youthful candidate who can “truly” represent them. “I have the energy, commitment and vision. I can work hard and will not sit back and relax after winning,” Subramaniam pledged. “Most times winners disappear only to reappear at the next election three years later.” “I am different…I have always been working for the party and community,” said Subramaniam who is producing a weekly newsletter to convince delegates he is the right man for the job. He is the CEO of Ken Barnes Soccer Academy in Petaling Jaya and has also issued a five-point manifesto to woo the delegates among which is a leadership change in the party. Other points are a education blueprint for Indian students, an economic blueprint for the Indian community and a comprehensive solution to the socio-cultural problems facing the community.



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