KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11
(Bernama) -- Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman has
warned of stern action against trouble-makers at the MIC annual general
meeting (AGM) tomorrow.
He said the police had received reports that certain groups of
people would create a commotion at the two-day meeting where party
polls would be held.
"Those going in and out
will be screened thoroughly by the police...we take this matter
seriously," he told reporters after launching the Hari Raya crime
prevention programme at the Jusco Taman Maluri Shopping Centre in
Cheras here Friday.
"For those of you who think that you are big gangsters, please
don't be big-headed and presume we will not take any action against
you," he said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will open the AGM.
****MIC Polls Result Expected From 6pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- The first results of the closely-
watched MIC polls tomorrow are expected at 6pm, beginning with the
outcome of the tussle for the central working committee (CWC), election
committee chairman Datuk K. Vijayanathan said on Friday.
The winners of the 23 CWC seats would be announced first, followed
by that of the three vice-presidents and deputy president, he said.
Vijayanathan, who heads a six-member committee, urged delegates to be calm and restrained and to vote without fear.
"The election committee assures delegates and members that it will
be very transparent and fair. Nothing to be worried about. I expect a
smooth election," he told Bernama.
The battle for the deputy president's post contested by in*****bent
Datuk G. Palanivel, former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and
Datuk S. Sothinathan is the climax of the election.
Palanivel is backed by president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who was
returned unopposed for a record 11th term which will end in 2012.
Vijayanathan said, voting would start at 11.30am and was expected
to end about 2.30pm, at the Putra World Trade Centre, adding that
results would be announced after the votes for all posts were counted
on the third floor of the centre.
More than 100 people would be involved in the counting process and the candidates and their agents are allowed inside.
The votes would be tallied first for the CWC contest where 63 are
vying for 23 places, followed by those for vice-presidents in which
seven are battling for the three positions, and lastly, the deputy
Vijayanathan explained that delegates must tick the right number of names, according to the number of posts being contested.
Any less or more would make the vote invalid, he said.
The election committee would be "flexible" if there was request for recounts, he added.
Vijayanathan reminded candidates that campaigning ended at noon
today, and if there was evidence of any candidate flouting that, they
would be referred to the disciplinary committee.
*****MIC Youth Members Can Air Complaints Online
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama)-- MIC Youth members can now air their
grouses online to the movement's portal through the "e-MIC Youth", as
part of its Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
Its vice-chief, V.Muligan said the service was not meant to punish
national and state leaders, and division heads but was rather aimed at
solving problems raised by members at the grassroots level quickly.
"All divisions must strive to solve problems posted to the e-MIC Youth within three days.
"If they can't, the complaints will be brought up to the state or
national level to be solved within one week," he told reporters at the
launch of the e-MIC Youth here on Friday.
Muligan said he would monitor all reports on the complaints made through the e-MIC Youth every week.
"We will analyse every report from major cases to small ones like
scholarships, birth certificates, single mothers and aid for the poor.
"This will enable us to understand problems faced by the Indian community better," he said.
****MIC Elections Test Of Samy Vellu's Grip In His Final Term
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- The MIC polls on Saturday will
decide the direction of the party and will be a test of Datuk Seri S.
Samy Vellu's grip on the party going into his final term after 33 years
almost unchallenged as the president.
A determined Samy Vellu has assembled his own team in in*****bent
deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel, who is defending his post, Human
Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Datuk S.K. Devamany and
Datuk M. Saravanan to clinch all the three vice-president tickets and
any 23 of 27 candidates for the 23 seats in the central working
Former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and vice-president
Datuk S. Sothinathan, both of whom are going for the No. 2 post, and
several other candidates have called for change and they believe that
that can only be possible if Palanivel is defeated to weaken Samy Vellu.
The losses suffered by the MIC at the last general election could weigh on the balloting pattern.
This makes the election probably the most tense and most watched in the 63-year history of the MIC.
Campaigning officially ended at noon today but the wooing of the
1,464 delegates is expected to continue into the wee hours of tomorrow
right until voting time.
A Selangor delegate who declined to be identified said MIC members
and the Indian community in general wanted leaders who can boldly voice
out the aspirations of the Indian community and also work well with
other component parties so that the party would regain its respect.
Another Klang Valley delegate said the MIC faced the task of regaining the support of the Indian community.
"In the last general election, the MIC lost many seats because the community turned to vote opposition candidates," he said.
Party veteran and vice-president Datuk S. Veerasingham is for Samy
Vellu's team. "Everyone wants to try the catchy word 'change' which has
been used by (US president Barack) Obama. Samy Vellu's request to the
delegates is to vote those he endorsed so that they can work with him,"
Universiti Putra Malaysia lecturer M. Neelamegham said that while
change was the key word for most of the candidates, they had failed to
focus on what type of change they were talking about.
He said whatever the change, emphasis must be on more opportunities for youth members and empowerment of MIC state leaders.
"Even until now MIC has come out with so much of planning, (but)
they have to implement it and focus on their future programmes," he
Universiti Sains Malaysia senior lecturer M. Sivamurugan said that
in making their decision, the delegates should look at the characters
of the candidates and focus on the need to strengthen the party
following the near wipe-out at the last general election.
"The changes are very important and should be drastic ... the
party and members have to prepare for the next general election," he
Another attention grabber will be the race for the 23 CWC slots for which the president has endorsed 27 of the 63 contenders.
"This election is going to be a disappointment for Samy Vellu
because many candidates who are not in his list will likely win," said
a woman delegate.
Samy Vellu retained the top post unopposed in March for a record 11th consecutive term that will end in 2012.
Samy hits out at Dr M, Utusan, malaysiakini
Sep 11, 09
MIC president S Samy Vellu today lashed out at former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia
daily for interfering in his party polls.
In a brief exclusive interview with Malaysiakini
, the 73-year-old president said it was the 84-year-old statesman who excelled in the art of 'destroying deputies'.
Samy Vellu said while he had one deputy for 25 years, Mahathir had four during his 22-year tenure.
is the first time Samy Vellu had openly criticised the former Umno
president despite the latter's negative comments about him in the past.
He was responding to an article published in Tamil daily Makkal Osai
yesterday which quoted Mahathir expressing support for the MIC supremo's arch nemesis S Subramaniam.
daily is linked to Subramaniam, who is attempting to reclaim his deputy
president post which he lost to in*****bent G Palanivel in 2006. The
party elections is tomorrow.'He sat beside me for 25 years'Samy Vellu said he was tickled by Mahathir's accusation that he had never allowed any other leader in his party to grow.
I took over the presidency, there was one man who sat there for 25
years next to me. (It was) none other than the same Subramaniam.
I would finish people with a vengeance (as alleged by Mahathir), I
don't think he would have been there for 25 years," he added.
The veteran MIC president also disagreed with Mahathir's accusation that he never groomed leaders in the party.
only had two leaders (as deputy president) during my total period of 29
years (as president). Ninety percent of the time, it was Subramaniam
and he is still not satisfied.
"He is not happy about they way
we treated him like a Maharaja. He was really like a prince in MIC. The
latest... three years Palanivel was there," he said.'Master of destroying deputies'However,
Samy Vellu pointed out that there was a trail of destruction in terms
of deputies when it came to Mahathir's track record.
his three deputies who were given the boot, the former premier was also
credited with playing a pivotal role in engineering the downfall of his
fourth deputy Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who succeeded him in 2003 and
vacated the post this year.
"Look at the history of Mahathir.
Who was his first deputy... Musa Hitam. What happened to Musa? I know
the story as I was in the cabinet," said Samy Vellu.
(it) was Ghafar Baba. What happened to Ghafar Baba? A man who was a
nationalist was thrown out of the cabinet just like that," he added.
third Anwar Ibrahim, there was a time when Mahathir said Anwar is the
only man who can control the country... He praised him so much. But
what happened to Anwar?
"Who really destroyed the deputies? He
is a master in destroying his deputies. I don't destroy any deputies,
they stayed there for such a long time," he stressed.
In the past, Samy Vellu said that he bit his tongue out of respect when Mahathir criticised him. "I
still consider him as a great leader and a builder of a modern nation.
So I didn't want to make any unnecessary comments about him even though
when I stood for elections (last year), he said don't vote for Samy
"I would have trashed him. I am not afraid of
anybody... man lives once and he dies once. It doesn't matter, I am
prepared for anything," he added. Was Umno behind it? As for Utusan
Samy Vellu labelled the Malay daily as a 'racist' publication which
went against the 1Malaysia concept espoused by Prime Minister Najib
The daily had carried a report on its front-page today quoting political analysts saying that Samy Vellu should quit.
the MIC president said he did not know if the Umno leadership was
behind the report in an attempt to sway votes in the party elections,
observers claimed that the agenda was obvious.
"I don't know how much of Umno's intervention is involved. But it is usual for Utusan
to act like the big brother and hit everyone flat and they feel happy about it...," said Samy Vellu.
"I don't know if this Umno leadership would stoop down to this level (of masterminding such a report)... in any case, whatever Utusan
has done is not going to disturb us," he added.
Samy Vellu stressed that MIC members and the Indian community do not believe the news that appear in the daily.
give you an example, the cow-head incident, we all condemned the
demonstration thinking that it will bring about racial misunderstanding
and brew trouble in the country
"But that news, they don't
carry. They carry news in support of the cow-head demonstration, they
are determined to do something that is (detrimental) to others rather
than what is true," he said.
"Secondly, as and when you give them some news, the news must be to their taste and not the truth, then only they will publish."Nowadays,
I don't call their reporters anymore because we feel it is sort of a
very racial paper which does not contribute to national interests," he
added.'Hydrogen bomb' Samy
Vellu was also asked to comment on whether a MIC leader who came into
power riding on the support of Umno would be subservient to that party
and not be effective in defending the Indian community.
his guns on Subramaniam, the president said: "He is already subservient
to Mahathir, I don't know to what extent he is subservient to Umno...
he needs somebody to push him forward. He can't stand on his own legs.""Is
this the type of leadership that the Indian community needs... a
community that is suffering from poverty and just attempting to come
up... it needs a leader who can talk and bring about change," he added.
on the 'hydrogen bomb' (damning evidence) which he claims to have
against Subramaniam, Samy Vellu said: "He actually thought he is
blasting a hydrogen bomb... he comes out with this and that about Samy
Vellu."I have got many things about Subramaniam. If I detonate
that, it will become a hydrogen bomb... how irresponsible he behaved
when he was in government positions," he added.
On why he had not detonated the bomb as yet, Samy Vellu said: "I don't want to do that ... unless it is extremely necessary."********themalaysianinsider.com
Attacks on Samy not meant to stir MIC polls, says Dr M
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
PETALING JAYA, Sept 11 - Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad denied accusations that his scathing criticism against MIC
president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu was intended to influence the outcome
of tomorrow’s party polls.
The influential figure also shrugged off suggestions that he was
backing Samy’s enemy, Datuk S. Subramaniam for the party’s deputy
presidency post when he sang praises about the former MIC deputy
president in an interview with Makkal Osai, a Tamil daily belonging to
“My statements are my personal opinion. I am not backing Subramaniam
but as I said before, MIC will fall if Samy is still president and what
I say has nothing to do with the party polls,” he told a brief press
The public squabble between Dr Mahathir and Samy started when the
former openly called for his one time staunch ally and supporter to be
removed from the helm of the Indian-based party which is suffering from
a collapse of confidence from the country’s Indian electorate.
The former premier had said, and reiterated today, that Samy who was
“elected” unopposed for the 11th time as president six months ago, is
the cause behind the loss of support towards MIC.
“I have said it before the general elections last year, if Samy is
still the president of MIC, the party will lose,” said Dr Mahathir
Samy retaliated by accusing Dr Mahathir of neglecting the Indian
community when he was in power and today said the former premier was
notorious for his “skills in destroying his deputies.”
He also accused Subramaniam of playing dirty, alleging that his
enemy had seek external forces to canvass for support, an accusation
Subramaniam vehemently denied.
Observers note that Dr Mahathir’s statement would cause a
“staggering” effect and would in a way influence the outcome of the
party polls tomorrow.
Should Subramaniam be elected, party insiders believe his victory
would be the first step towards the party’s effort to oust Samy who has
been clinging to power for more than two decades now.
*****Subramanian Denies Getting Outside Help In Mic Election Bid
KLANG, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- Former MIC deputy president Datuk S.
Subramaniam has denied he is banking on external influence to canvass
for votes in his bid to recapture the deputy presidency in the party
elections on Saturday.
He said it was beyond his control should any political party leader outside the MIC make favourable statements about him.
"He (MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu) gets upset whenever
somebody praises me ... everyone has the right to speak," Subramaniam
told reporters after attending a gathering with about 900 members and
delegates of the Klang MIC Divison near here on Thursday night.
An online news portal yesterday carried an article published on
the front page of a local Tamil daily which had quoted former prime
minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as praising Subramaniam, among other
In a statement later published on the portal, Samy Vellu was
reported as saying that Subramaniam had lost whatever credibility that
was left in him by seeking the help of people outside the MIC.
"Subramaniam is so desperate that he has to seek the mandate from
Mahathir to win in the party elections. He has brought shame to the MIC
members and the party," he was quoted as saying.
Subramaniam said Dr Mahathir spoke his mind without fear or favour and the paper just published what he had said.
"I had nothing to do with it. I am grateful to him (Dr Mahathir) because he had said something nice about me," he said.
Subramaniam is challenging in*****bent deputy president Datuk G.
Palanivel for the post of deputy president. Another candidate for the
post is vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan.
A political analyst from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dr Sivamurugan
Pandian, told Bernama that the chances were there for Subramaniam to
get sympathy votes in the party elections following the decision of the
MIC Central Working Committee (CWC) to refer Subramaniam to the
Samy Vellu had said the disciplinary action against Subramaniam
and legal action against former vice-president Datuk V. Govindaraj were
for making a media statement that he (Samy Vellu) defeated Subramaniam
in the election for the MIC deputy presidency in 1977 by using dirty
Can Subramaniam make it?
By Baradan Kuppusamy
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — The focus of the MIC election tomorrow is
the fierce three-cornered contest for the deputy president’s post in
which in*****bent Datuk G. Palanivel is being challenged by former deputy
president Datuk S. Subramaniam and newcomer Datuk S. Sothinathan.
For party president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, who is backing
Palanivel, 60, the battle is what Tamils call maana perachanai or an
issue of personal pride.
If Palanivel loses it is not only the end of his political career but the defeat would put the final nail in his coffin.
After dominating the MIC since 1979 it will be the exit door for
Samy Vellu following his defeat in Sungei Siput in 2008, the loss of
the Works Ministry and his sidelining by the political establishment.
Samy Vellu is going all out to help Palanivel win, seeing in his victory a chance to hang on for more years as MIC president.
In the unlikely chance that Sothinathan is victorious, Samy Vellu is
likely to easily dump Palanivel and embrace his former blue-eyed boy
through whom he could also extend his tenure.
But he would face unrelenting pressure to quit if Subramaniam upsets his plans and emerges victorious.
What is Subramaniam’s chance for victory?
It is a question in the minds of many Malaysians, not just MIC members but also Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat supporters.
The Subramaniam today is different from the leader who contested
Palanivel in a straight fight in 2006 and lost miserably by polling
only 495 votes to Palanivel’s 933.
After March 8, after Hindraf and after Makkal Sakthi, Subramaniam is
emerging as the only MIC leader able to stand on his own and is seen as
the one person in the Indian community who can give the MIC a future.
Large crowds of Indians, many of them expelled from the party, had
gathered to hear Subramaniam speak during his campaign stops across the
In Klang last night nearly 1,000 Indians, many of them not even MIC
members, gathered to hear Subramaniam speak for change and why the MIC
needs to change now or face death.
A specially made video of Subramaniam – his rise, work,
contributions – were shown to the crowd who clapped and cheered at
Earlier when Subramaniam arrived they carried banners depicting his
slogan Change for the Better, and shouted Subra! Subra! At one point
they hoisted him onto their shoulders.
It was the kind of Indian grassroots welcome given to lawyer P. Uthayakumar in the wake of the Nov 25, 2007 Hindraf protest.
While he might he attacked and sidelined in the MIC, Indian
community support for Subramaniam is growing among former party members
who had supported the Pakatan Rakyat.
The enthusiastic reception he got on his campaign rounds is evidence
of this, his supporters said, pointing to fact that his campaign
promise to reunite the MIC and take back all individuals expelled from
the party, has touched their hearts.
“They want to come back but they have no place to come to, no home
unless the MIC opens the door to them again,” said Datuk K. Tangavellu,
who was part of the crowd in Klang on Thursday night.
Subramaniam may be gaining ground in the Indian community as
perception of him as rebel leader gains credence but to win in the
deputy president’s contest he needs to convince at least 720 of the
1,450 MIC delegates to back him.
Subramaniam supporters claim they started the contest with 500 votes in hand. These are hardcore Subramaniam supporters.
“We need another 250 votes and victory is ours,” they said adding
that they expected Sothinathan to split the remaining 1,000 votes and
give Subramaniam a chance slip through.
“It would be a narrow victory,” his supporters said adding the winning majority would be about “50 or 60 votes.”
Such an optimistic prediction belies the fact that Samy Vellu has
been working hard criss-crossing the country to win support for
He has been working the telephone for up to 18 hours a day, his senior aide said.
“We are confident of victory but a narrow one,” he said adding that
at least 800 of the delegates are “diehard” Samy Vellu supporters.
“They will vote as directed by Samy Vellu…without question,” he said.
In addition Samy Vellu’s camp is euphoric over their belief that the
support given to Subramaniam by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad would backfire as the party rank and file did not like it.
“This is clear interference in MIC politics to help Subramaniam…it will backfire,” a senior MIC leader said.
“Mahathir did little for Indians in the 22 years as Prime Minister
and for him to support Subramaniam now does not go down well without
Samy Vellu has been capitalising on the issue, attacking Subramaniam
for bending over backwards to betray the MIC with an “outsider.”
Samy Vellu has another chance to go for the jugular on this issue
after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak opens tomorrow's
“That’s when Samy traditionally gives a speech in Tamil just before
voting starts,” said the veteran MIC leader. “He might use the Tun
Mahathir-issue to move delegates to reject Subramaniam for inviting
outside interference in the MIC election.”