KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) -- With less than 48 hours to go before
MIC goes to the polls, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has
appealed to the delegates to vote for his hand-picked team to preserve
stability and unity in the party.
Samy Vellu, who was returned unopposed as president for another term,
said he was confident that the delegates would give priority to the
party rather than individuals when casting their votes.
"The party must be our priority. The Indian community is our
priority. As such, we must ensure that stability is maintained in the
MIC," he told Bernama ahead of the two-day 63rd MIC general assembly to
be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Putra
World Trade Centre on Saturday.
He urged the 1,464 delegates to pick leaders who were "clean,
trustworthy, responsible and hardworking with proven track records" to
ensure that they could run the party "smoothly" with him.
The "Presidential Team 2009" comprises in*****bent deputy president
Datuk G. Palanivel, who is defending the post, and the threesome of
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Minister in
the Prime Minister's Department Datuk S.K. Devamany and Deputy Federal
Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, who are going for the three
posts of vice-president.
Samy Vellu has also endorsed 27 of the 63 candidates battling for the 23 slots in the central working committee.
"This (Presidential Team) is not my team. It is their (delegates')
team and there can only be one team in the MIC," said Samy Vellu, who
regarded the team as part of the party's succession plan after his
announced retirement in 2012.
"There must be understanding between the leaders and they must
work as a team to rebuild the party. If the delegates make the wrong
choice, it may destroy the prevailing unity within the party," he said.
Samy Vellu said the MIC must continue to be strengthened to serve the Indian community and face the next general election.
Party sources and observers expect Palanivel to have a 50- to
100-vote edge over his challengers, former deputy president Datuk S.
Subramaniam and vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan.
Samy Vellu admitted a few days ago that the tussle for the deputy
presidency would be tough but predicted that Palanivel would poll
between 650 and 700 votes to win.
"Palani has the block votes. The remainder of the votes would be
spread out between the other two candidates. I do not expect an upset
in this race," he had said.
In the fight for the posts of vice-president, the closest
challenge to Samy Vellu's men is expected to come from Datuk K.S.
Balakrishnan of Johor and former vice-president Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan
of Kuala Lumpur.
The other two candidates are P. Subramaniam, the former MIC Selangor youth chief, and P. Mariayee of Negeri Sembilan.
The central committee battle would be a tough, with Samy Vellu himself expecting two outsiders to make it through.
"Many grassroots leaders have openly declared that they would
follow the president's list for deputy president and vice presidents
but not for the CWC. This is where they want to use their own wisdom
and vote accordingly without being told who they should vote for," said
an observer, who declined to be named.
MIC polls: Samy Vellu unhappy over Dr M move
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has levelled another accusation
at his former deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam, saying the challenger for
the MIC deputy presidency had disgraced the party by seeking the
endorsement of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He
said Subramaniam’s move to seek the help of Dr Mahathir was a
“desperate act”, claiming that this had incurred the wrath of many
branch and division leaders. “How cheap and desperate can a man be?” he asked, referring to a report in the Tamil daily Makkal Osai
which quoted Dr Mahathir as saying that MIC delegates should vote for Subramaniam. “It
appears that Subramaniam has lost his support in the MIC and has to
seek outside help to prop up his support among the delegates. He has
lost whatever credibility that was left in him,” Samy Vellu said in a
statement. He said that he was both extremely angry and sad that
Subramaniam had allowed an outsider to meddle in the party’s affairs,
especially during a crucial election for the MIC. The party
supremo pointed out that when Dr Mahathir was in power, he had said
that the Barisan Nasional could not interfere in the internal affairs
of a component party. “But now he interferes in our party matters,” he said. He
said the MIC was holding its elections through the democratic process
to allow delegates to pick their leaders and “is not facing any
problems for outsiders to get involved.” “I urge MIC delegates
to condemn the actions by Subramaniam and his supporters in getting an
outsider involved in our party matters. “If we allow this to
happen, in future, outsiders will continue to interfere in our affairs
and we will lose our dignity and respect,” Samy Vellu said.
MIC ELECTION RUNUP: RM500m suit adds spice to polls
Submitted by pekwan on Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Businessman sues Vell Paari for implicating him in lawyer’s death
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 The Malay Mail
T”S ON: Lawyer K. Saraswathy files the defamation suit against Vell Paari. With her is A. G. Thilagan, an associate of Thiagaraj
mega RM500 million defamation suit by millionaire businessman P.
Thiagarajan against Maika Holdings chief executive officer S. Vell
Paari brings into the open the much speculated death of a young woman
The 55-year-old philanthropist, also known as OMS Thiagarajan, has
accused Vell Paari, son of MIC chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, of
implicating him in the death of P. Selvarani, 29.
With two days to the party elections, many see this suit as another
major action in the open and bitter battle between Samy Vellu and his
arch rival Datuk S. Subramaniam.
Subramaniam, who is openly backed by Thiagarajan, is contesting the
deputy presidency against Samy Vellu’s nominee, in*****bent Datuk G.
And this is the second RM500 million suit filed by politicians in just over a week. Both suits involve the media as well.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat recently filed a
staggering RM500 million suit against MP for Bintulu Datuk Seri Tiong
King Sing for defaming him.
Ong, who is also MCA president, claimed that Tiong, the executive
director of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, had issued a defamatory statement
about giving him RM10 million, which was published in the Malaysiakini
Thiagarajan’s suit, filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry
yesterday, states that the plaintiff filed action after Vell Paari
failed to retract his allegations that were made in the Tamil Nesan
Apart from Vell Paari, who is the managing director of Tamil Nesan
Sdn Bhd, the two other defendants are Tamil Nesan Sdn Bhd, the owner
and publisher of the Tamil Nesan
daily, and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, K. Pathmanabhan.
Thiagarajan, who is also the Makkal Sakthi party adviser, is seeking
aggravated and exemplary damages and an injunction to restrain Vell
Paari or his agent from further making any defamatory statement against
him on the issue.
He claimed that Vell Paari had written two “false” articles with bad intention in Tamil Nesan
on Aug 2 and Aug 4 that portrayed him as a killer, liar, traitor to the
community and a stooge of Subramaniam, among other things.
The accusations, he said, were aimed at damaging his name as a
business and community leader and had put him in public scandal, odium
The battle between both men was waged in the pages of the rival Tamil dailies — Samy Vellu’s Tamil Nesan
and Subramaniam’s Makkal Osai
Stories of political manipulation, sex, lies, betrayal of trust, and
murder apparently caused the circulation of both dailies to increase
There were stories about secret meetings at the PJ Hilton, the death
of Selvarani who was a close friend of K. Sujatha, the woman
romantically linked with Vell Paari, who died after drinking the
Selvarani died after falling from the 17th floor of her condominium
on Jalan Klang Lama on June 24, 2007, a day before the death of model
and actress Sujatha.
She was only 29 and was due to take up a posting with the United Nations the following week.
Police classified the case as “accidental fall”, but in his
articles, Vell Paari speculated as to whether somebody could have
Vell Paari alleged that Thiagarajan “cried” uncontrollably on
hearing Selvarani had died and in the process dragged Kapar MP S.
Manikavasagam into the controversy, alleging that the PKR MP had begged
him to settle “some matters” he had with the police.
He also alleged that Thiagarajan had paid the wages of about RM5,000
a month for Selvarani, the lawyer who before her death was working at
the legal firm owned by Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar.
Thiagarajan alleged the articles meant that he had tried to shift
the people’s attention from Selvarani’s death to Sujatha’s death that
was played up in Makkal Osai.
Vell Paari also alleged that the Klang-based millionaire had
secretly met him at the PJ Hilton and begged him to intervene with his
father to “save” Subramaniam and “ditch” Palanivel.
Second defamation suit against Vell Paari
THE RM500 million suit is the second defamation suit in a month to
be filed against Vell Paari, the son of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
MIC deputy presidential hopeful Datuk S. Subramaniam had on Aug 20
obtained an interim ex-parte injunction from the High Court in Kuala
Lumpur to restrain Vell Paari and two others from further publishing
articles against him.
The inter-parte hearing is scheduled for today.
On Aug 13, Subramaniam filed a RM100,000 defamation suit against Vell Paari, who is the managing director
of Tamil Nesan Sdn Bhd, the owner and publisher of the Tamil Nesan
daily, and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, K. Pathmanabhan.
In his statement of claim, Subramaniam said the defendants had
falsely and maliciously written and published defamatory words against
him in an article in the newspaper on Aug 4.
He said the article, among others, implied that he had acted against
the interests of the MIC and Barisan Nasional in the 12th general
election last year and that he had betrayed the party and the coalition.
THE MAIN PLAYERS
Who is Selvarani
• A lawyer who fell to her death from the 17th floor of a condominium on Jalan Klang Lama at 5am on June 24, 2007.
• She was found on the ground floor in her undergarments.
• Police classified the case as accidental fall.
She died a day before the death of her good friend, model and actress
K. Sujatha. She was due to take up a job with the United Nations.
• She worked for former ISA detainee and Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar and fell to her death 15 days after quitting her job.
• Vell Paari is casting aspersions on OMS Thiagarajan over her death.
• “Did she fall accidentally or did someone throw her out from 17th floor?”, Vell Paari posed the question in an article.
• “An inquiry must be carried out to find out why and who are those behind the scene for her death”, he added.
• Vell Paari is married to popular Tamil singer Shaila Nair
• The inquest into Sujatha’s death is ongoing.
• Klang businessman, 55, and a popular philanthropist in the Indian community.
• Financially supports numerous charities, Tamil schools and Tamil organisations.
• Has openly endorsed Datuk S Subramaniam for the MIC deputy presidency.
Allegedly attacked by Vell Paari because he was openly using his money,
influence and nationwide network to drum up support for Subramaniam.
• The architect in registering Makkal Sakhti Party at lightning speed, in less than a month.
Makkal Sakthi party adviser and reportedly commands a good standing
among the Indian community by running businesses and industries through
the OMS group.
MIC ELECTION RUNUP: Tide changing in the party
Submitted by pekwan on Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Subramaniam receives support from Samy Vellu’s die-hard supporters
Thursday, September 10th, 2009 08:16:00
LAUNCH: S. Subramaniam displays his booklet titled “Change” after a
Press conference in Kuala Lumpur. On his right is his supporter A
Govindarajoo who is contesting a CWC post.
MANY die-hard supporters of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu have openly declared their support for
former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam who is in a three-cornered fight for the party’s number two
Many delegates who had quietly met and conveyed their support for
Subramaniam over the weeks, yesterday openly displayed their support by
attending his media conference at the Royal Selangor Club.
When asked after the Press conference if it was a sign that the tide
was changing in his favour, the Samy Vellu nemesis said: “I hope all
this will be reflected in the ballot box.
“I see the sentiments among the delegates changing after the disciplinary committee made a decision to
me a show-cause letter for corroborating Datuk V. Govindaraj’s
confession that he rigged votes in the 1977 elections for the deputy
presidency,” said Subramaniam.
Several supporters of Samy Vellu who were seen at the media conference were Gopal Krishnan of Pandan,
S.P. Manivasagam of Hulu Langat and a close relative of Samy Vellu, a delegate from Malacca, Basil Karrupiah.
Manivasagam, who is contesting a CWC post, told Malay Mail
that he was “disillussioned” with the party
leadership for nominating individuals who curry favour with the people in power.
“I am not scared or ashamed to be aligned to Subramaniam for I feel it is time to see real changes in the leadership,” he said.
He added that most of the delegates and contestants for the CWC posts who were dropped from the official
line-up were ganging up to support Subramaniam.
“What is the use of supporting the leadership when we are not counted after having given so much to the
party in terms of time and effort?”
The Press conference was called by Subramaniam in response to Samy
Vellu’s announcement that the disciplinary committee would take action
against him after the elections over his statements regarding vote
rigging confessed to by MIC strongman Govindaraj.
Meanwhile, a group from the Indian community also expressed its open support for Subramaniam.
A representative of the group, led by businessman Datuk Vyran T. Raj, claimed that so far 765 delegates
had stated their support for Subramaniam.
The group called on Samy Vellu to resign from the post of MIC president before Sept 30.
“We feel there is a need to change the MIC leadership by replacing the leader. It’s true that he (Samy Vellu)
had contributed much (to the community), but times have changed,” he said.
It is sabotage, claims Subra
DATUK S. Subramaniam attacked his nemesis and MIC party president
Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for sabotaging his chances of winning the
“This is a planned tactic and the announcement by the president bespeaks of intimidation directed at delegates
not to vote for me,” Subramanaiam told a packed Press conference at the Royal Selangor Club.
“How do you expect the delegates to react when he says that the disciplinary committee would take action
against me after the elections?” he asked, adding that Samy Vellu was sending a message to the delegates not to vote for him.
Reading further into the announcement, Subramaniam said the “open
ended” statement was bound to create “confusion” among delegates.
Subra was responding to the MIC Central Working Committee decision on Tuesday to refer him to the
party’s disciplinary committee in relation to his statement in the Malay Mail
about the party’s election held in 1977.
Samy Vellu, who is backing Datuk G. Palanivel against Subramaniam
for the deputy presidency in the party elections on Sept 12, said that
any further action by the disciplinary committee would only be after
Announcing this after chairing the CWC at the party headquarters in
Jalan Ipoh, Samy Vellu said that Subramaniam’s statement, along with
the statement made by former MIC strongman Datuk V. Govindaraj,
was aimed at “destroying the credibility of MIC’s elections” conducted all these years.
“How timely to make such an announcement when the elections is
around the corner and I am a contestant in the elections. The motive is
very clear. It is to intimidate delegates,” Subramaniam said while
calling on the delegates to throw caution to the wind and stand up for
the sake of the party and the Indian community and vote him in.
“Don’t be intimidated. I appeal to you this one time for the sake of the party and unity of the Indian community
not to be swayed by anything and vote for change.”
He said he would write to the party elections committee to put his
frustrations across as it was not ethical to issue such a statement
when it knows what it would do to his chances of winning.
“It is a clear attempt at undermining my chances of winning and I hope the elections committee would put
things right,” he said, while calling on the delegates not to be swayed by intimidating tactics or ponder over
how he would work with the president if he won the deputy post.
“I have no problem working with anybody in the party. It is the president who has to answer not me.”
Subramaniam also clarified a perception that he was too soft and and did not dare challenge Samy Vellu.
“People have called me a loser and a non-fighter for not taking on the president on many occasions. I tell
you I am not gutless nor a coward. On those occasions I was hesitant because the party was weak. I feared it
would further weaken the party. But now the party is being weakened by the leadership and I want to bring a