themalaysianinsider.com, 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
“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.