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MIC Elections 2009: Subra unmoved by show-cause action

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 09 @ 02:49:29 CDT

MIC
The Malay Mail,

MIC deputy presidential aspirant stands by vote-rigging statement
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 07:33:00
 
SUBRA: I have nothing to fear
DATUK S. Subramaniam, the MIC deputy presidential hopeful, says he is prepared to face the party’s disciplinary committee over his statement to Malay Mail about the MIC election in 1977.


Subramaniam said he stood by what he told Malay Mail and that he had nothing to fear. He is expected to comment further on the matter at a media conference at 4pm today. The MIC Central Working Committee meeting yesterday decided to ask Subramaniam to show cause for tarnishing the party’s image. But the show-cause letter will only be sent after the elections, the CWC decided. The announcement came as a shock to supporters of Subramaniam, with former long-time Samy Vellu loyalist V.S. Chandran saying it was a clear threat to delegates not to vote for the former deputy president. “With only three days left to the election, they should have left it till after the election. This CWC decision is intimidating and the timing smacks of cowardice and fear,” said Chandran. It also comes in the wake of a car burning and death threat involving two of Subramaniam’s staunch supporters who  are also vying for CWC seats. (see accompanying story). Subramaniam is facing a three-way contest with in*****bent Datuk G. Palanivel and Datuk S. Sothinathan. Samy Vellu is backing Palanivel. The MIC is also to take legal action against former party strongman Datuk V. Govindaraj who confessed that he pocketed 30 votes to help Samy Vellu beat Subramaniam by 26 votes for the deputy presidency in 1977. In response, Govindaraj, 76, told Malay Mail: “Bring it on. I’m not in the least frightened. I said what I have to say. My conscience is clear.” Govindaraj, who is supporting Subramaniam in the Sept 12 contest, and on a war path with Samy Vellu, had said he is rigged the votes on the spur of the moment and without instigation from anyone. Two years later, Samy Vellu became acting president after in*****bent Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam died of a heart attack. Samy Vellu told the media after the CWC meeting that the party would also initiate legal action against Malay Mail and the writer of the story. He said that Subramaniam’s statement, along with that made by Govindaraj, was aimed at “destroying the credibility of MIC’s elections” conducted all these years. Subramaniam said Govindaraj had confessed to him and another former vicepresident (the late) Datuk K. Pathmanaban about stealing the votes and chose not to wallow over the misfortune he suffered. He had expressed sadness and shock, saying nothing could be done then and now to correct the injustice. Samy Vellu, in response, brushed aside claims that the 1977 election was rigged to allow him to win. He said it was mathematically impossible, considering the number of votes cast in the election and the certainty that Subramaniam would have challenged the election result had he really known of the alleged fraud. “A total of 1,080 votes were cast by delegates in the 1977 election. There were 553 votes cast in my favour and 527 votes for Datuk S. Subramaniam. I won by 26 votes. “If Govindaraj had stolen 30 votes, it would have amounted to a total of 1,110 votes cast, which was not the case,” said Samy Vellu. He said it was also interesting to note that in 2006, Govindaraj had claimed that he had stolen and “eaten” the ballot slips during the 1977 ballot count, but has now reverted to saying that he placed the ballots in his
pocket instead. He branded Subramaniam and Govindaraj “pathological liars”. Cops probe alleged death threat POLICE are investigating two reports made by loyalists of MIC deputy president aspirant Datuk S.  Subramaniam pertaining to a car set ablaze and a death threat. Both the victims, Senthamil Sekhar, whose car was set on fire, and K.P. Samy, are contesting for seats on the Central Working Committee. A group of thugs are believed to have torched Senthamil’s car that was parked in front of his house in Klang about 6pm on Monday. His family members managed to douse the fire that partially damaged the car. Earlier this week, Samy reported receiving a threatening phone call at his home. He told police the caller told his wife, who answered the call, to tell him to stop speaking up for Subramaniam.******
Opening of Pandora’s Box
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 12:52:00
THE revelation by former MIC vicepresident Datuk V. Govindaraj, that he had stolen 30 votes in the 1977 party polls that resulted in Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu winning the MIC deputy president’s post, will have a detrimental effect on the party’s future, say political analysts. Merdeka Centre founder Ibrahim Suffian said for those unfamiliar with MIC’s internal politics, this will fortify their feelings that something is wrong within the party, and that the party isn’t the best choice to represent the Indian community. “Voters have higher expectations now and this isn’t something that can be fixed with just rhetoric and speeches. This will have a drastic effect in the Indian voters’ numbers for MIC, and in effect, for Barisan Nasional,” he said, adding that with a number of large issues building up in the past years, the revelation will not bode well as the people’s tolerance levels are lower than before. Ibrahim said that aside from the credibility factor, this incident will also raise questions as to Govindaraj’s motive for the revelation now. “MIC needs to recapture the confidence and the imagination of its voters and how it can do this is through a thorough reformation process that touches on its personalities, methods and dealings with other BN component parties,” he said. Prof Dr Aruna Gopinath, a political analyst and academician, said Govindaraj’s revelation of what had happened in the past is akin to the “opening of the Pandora’s Box” and will have a drastic result. “Voters want MIC to be more people- centric and focused on nation building and they want candidates who are not corrupt. Now that the story has come out, this will change the mindset of the people who will perceive the party to be ‘unclean’, ” she said. International Islamic University Malaysia’s associate professor with its department of political science Dr Tunku Mohar Tunku Mohd Mokhtar said he, however, had doubts as to whether the incident would cause any vote-swing in the upcoming elections. “For one, the president is not challenged. His men, according to an English daily report yesterday, were leading comfortably. The basic issue was that the ‘cheating’ was done by someone else, not by Samy Vellu so delegates may not punish him for that. At the same time, Subramaniam’s votes may increase, but it’s difficult to say if this would be enough to unseat the in*****bent,” he said. On Monday, Malay Mail published Govindaraj’s confession that he had pocketed 30 votes meant for Datuk S. Subramaniam in the contest for the deputy president’s post against Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu 31 years ago. Subramaniam ended up losing to Samy Vellu by a mere 26 votes and the latter became party chief when then president Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam died in 1979. Govindaraj, 76, said he acted “on the spur of the moment” and was “not instigated by anyone”. He said he was speaking up after all these years because he wished to make peace with himself and let everyone know what happened on that polling day in 1977.*****
Fate of vice-presidential hopeful after party polls
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 13:07:00
THE MIC Central Working Committee (CWC) has deferred till after the Sept 12 party election the fate of vice-presidential candidate P. Subramaniam, who was hauled up for allegedly tarnishing the image of the party.

The decision made at yesterday’s CWC meeting means Subramaniam can contest the vice-president’s post but risks being expelled, even if he wins. He is alleged to have said the party needs “wise men and not Yes-men” in a recent media interview.

He was asked to show cause by the MIC disciplinary committee and on Monday was questioned for about an hour.

Subramaniam is the youngest candidate, at 44 years, to vie for a vice-president post. His show cause had been described as discrimination because of his opposition to the “official” list of candidates endorsed by party chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

He has been a party member for 26 years and is said to have a vibrant campaign with a website, colourful brochures and a team of youths to canvass support for him.

The former Selangor MIC Youth leader is the chief executive of Ken Barnes Soccer Academy in Petaling Jaya.

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MIC ELECTION RUNUP: Man for the poor aims for CWC post
Partiban goes to the ground to drum up support
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 07:46:00
AS a precursor to the Sept 12 MIC Annual General Assembly that will see elections for the deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) posts, Malay Mail will be featuring new faces in the contest for the CWC posts. The series will run, beginning today till Friday. The candidates, both in*****bent and new come from varied backgrounds and professions but all have a similar objective - to bring changes to the party which is at its lowest ebb since its founding half a century ago.
Among them are young and vibrant professionals who think that the party needs an injection of new blood to render it relevant in the changing political landscape.
For the 23 CWC posts, 63 people are in the running, making it one of the keenest contests in the party’s history.  
K. PARTIBAN (pic), a former Ijok State assemblymansays he has a good chance of winning a Central Working Committee (CWC) post based on feedback from the ground after a non-stop campaign in Peninsular Malaysia.   “I am in the last phase of the campaign and have several districts in Selangor to cover where I am confident  of getting the bulk of the votes,”  said, Parthiban who is up against 11 candidates from the state. Selangor alone commands some 286 delegates of 1,500 nationwide, making it the largest delegation at the Sept 12 convention. Parthiban, a former teacher has been campaigning for the poor. He believes the delegates are aware of what he has done for the people of  Ijok as a State assemblyman and MIC representative. “As an assemblyman I was involved in many programmes  to make the lives of the poor, regardless of race or
religion a little better. I used existing government agencies involved in poverty eradication to bring changes to the lives of the needy.” Though modest  about his contributions in Ijok, Parthiban is highly regarded in his former constituency for getting government funding to repair dilapidated homes and securing educational aid for poor estate children. Although a newcomer to politics, he finds it challenging and rewarding. And despite losing in the March 2008 general election, Parthiban continued his community services through his service centre in Ijok. “When I lost
my state seat, my funds dried up and there was no income. I had to pay for so many things, including repaying a government loan I took to buy a four wheel drive vehicle. I also had to put my two sisters through school,” said Parthiban who relies on his tuition centre to pay for everything. Asked if he made money through “party projects” when he was a state assemblyman, he said he undertook
many projects for the poor but never took one sen from the allocations or secured projects for himself. “I live a moderate lifestyle and I am not after money. My reward comes from the happy faces of the community,
especially when they stop me on the street to say they are doing better because of my efforts,” he said. Having lost in the 2008 general election, Parthiban worked as a political secretary to Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam for about a year. Since then he has been actively involved in party matters and community work as the MIC Selangor state assistant secretary. He said that if he won the CWC post he would “re-energise” existing divisions and branches in the country to create more youth programmes.*********

Chandran takes a stab at Palanivel
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 
 
PALANIVEL: Called ineffective by Chandran
IN 2006, he sported a long beard for six months until Datuk G. Palanivel won the MIC deputy presidency.   Today, he is pulling his hair apart at the alleged failures of Palanivel for Indians in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency. V.S. Chandran, the chairman of MIC Bandar Utama, Batang Kali said that some 7,000 people had been displaced over the past 18 years when 13 oil palm and rubber estates in the constituency made way for development projects. Palanivel was MP for Hulu Selangor between 1990 and 2008 when the redevelopment took place “but failed  to get appropriate facilities for the displaced Indians.” Chandran, who was deputy chairman of the Hulu Selangor MIC division for six years and a staunch loyalist of Palanivel, said: “We lost a great chance to create an immediate Indian community because we did little or nothing for them.” He blamed Palanivel for the debacle and expressed dismay and shock over him being the official choice of party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu as his deputy. “His ineffectiveness and lackadaisical approach made the Indian community lose their confidence in him
and he is responsible for the BN’s loss in Hulu Selangor. “I have a long personal experience working with him and I am qualified to give these views,” said Chandran, who came to the Malay Mail office armed with do*****ents highlighting the plight of the displaced estate workers. Three branch officials accompanied him. He said he wanted the story of these estate workers heard far and wide so that no other leader should repeat what happened to them as it is “sinful.” The families were from the following estates: Bukit Beruntung, Bukit Mun Chong, Kapar Baru, Waverly, Ulu
Yam, Ladang Serendah, Sungai Gapi, Rasa, Kalumpang, Escot, Belata River, Nigel Gardenas, Sungai Tamu.
Chandran claimed that Bukit Beruntung estate workers who bought low-cost houses in Desa Bukit Beruntung lost their deposits and instalments paid to the developer when the project was abandoned. “Palanivel did not lift a finger to discuss their plight with the developer.” He said when Ladang Serendah was sold the estate workers were not given any low-cost housing and “their living conditions presently is deplorable.” “They drink well water and live in unhygienic conditions and Palanivel failed to see the suffering of Indians right under his nose.” Chandran said Palanivel had also failed to retain a Tamil school licence when the Belata River estate school
was closed 15 years ago. Apart from the school, the estate workers also lost their temples, homes and the playing field when the estate
gave way for the creation of Lembah Beringin growth centre. “The estate workers were ignored and soon became squatters,”  Chandran said.

 
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