PEKAN, Sept 12
(Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the MIC
leaders who had won in the party election on Saturday to close ranks
and regain the support of the Indian community in the country.
He congratulated Datuk G. Palanivel for retaining the post of MIC
deputy president as well as the other MIC leaders, adding that the
result was not surprising and had been expected.
"The result that was announced had been expected. There were no
surprises although support for the other candidates was rather strong.
"Nonetheless, based on
my speech this morning, I believe this is the beginning of their
efforts to win the support and heart of the Indian community," he told
reporters after attending a breaking of the fast and handing over of
Hari Raya contributions at the Masjid Felda Chini 4, here today.
Palanivel defeated former MIC deputy president Datuk S.
Subramaniam and former vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan in the MIC
Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the
elected leaders must give their full concentration to ensure that the
MIC could rise up again as a relevant party and subsequently support
the BN particularly in areas where the Indian community formed the
Asked to comment whether the result reflected the support for MIC
president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu, Najib said: "The result was expected
because of the nature of the MIC delegates."
Asked whether the result would cause a split among the MIC members, Najib said that the losers must accept the decision.
What was more important was solidarity in the MIC to face a bigger
challenge, that is, to win the hearts of the Indian community, he said.
"What is important now is for the present leaders to meet the
aspirations of the Indian voters. They must know the needs and
requirements of the Indian community, must be prepared to do whatever
it takes to win their support," he said.
Earlier in his speech, Najib said the national economy was
expected to register positive growth in the fourth quarter of the year
after registering negative growth during the first three-quarters of
He said the various measures introduced by the government
including the stimulus package worth more than RM67 billion and the
commitment of the people had succeeded in realising the national
For example, Najib said, with the improved economy, Felda settlers
would also receive more good news including a bonus if Felda succeeded
to maintain its excellent performance.
He later presented Hari Raya contributions to more than 3,000 recipients including single mothers, senior citizens and orphans.
I Am Not Popular - Samy Vellu
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- MIC President Datuk
Seri S. Samy Vellu said on Saturday that he was not popular, and
whatever he had done and was doing for the Indian community, was not
aimed at becoming a popular leader.
"I am not popular...I do not work to become popular. I work for
the people," he said when asked to comment on the speech by Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when opening MIC's 63rd annual
general assembly here.
In his speech, Najib reminded all Barisan Nasional (BN) component
party leaders that it was pointless for them to be popular only among
party members but not among the people, to the extent of losing their
Najib, who is BN chairman said, in a parliamentary democracy, the
people had the absolute power and it was they who determine BN's fate
in every election.
"I am not a man who want to be popular among the people. But I
want to be loved by them (people) for my services and contributions,"
Samy Vellu said on the sidelines of the general assembly.
The former minister also said that the Indian community did not
vote BN in the last general election because they were fed-up with BN
and not with him.
"There was a blame...people said that during my time, they were
fed-up with me...Indian community doesn't vote for BN. People are not
fed-up with me but they were fed-up with BN," he said in rejecting the
largely held view among Indian community and political observers in the
country that he had failed to effectively champion the cause and
aspirations and that he had overstayed as the party president.
"We cannot forget one important point...the Indian community was
wounded for many years. No approaches by government to see what was the
problem. Now they (the government) are very interested to see something
done. If we had done it five, 10 or 15 years ago, what is happening
today would not have happened," he said.
On the Key Performance Index (KPI) for MIC as stated by Najib --
to win back the Indian community's support for BN -- Samy Vellu said
the party was already working on it.
-- BERNAMA++++ull List Of MIC Office Bearers For 2009-2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- Below is the full list of MIC
national office bearers for 2009-2012, following the party elections at
the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here on Saturday;
Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu (elected unopposed at the party
presidential election in March 2009, retaining the post for a record
Datuk G Palanivel
VICE-PRESIDENT (3 POSITIONS)
1. Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam
2. Datuk S.K. Devamany
3. Datuk M. Saravanan
CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE (23 POSITIONS)
1. K.R. Partiban
2. M. Asojan
3. V.S. Mogan
4. R.A. Ragu Moorthi
5. S. Murugesan
6. Datuk M. Devandran
7. A. Saktivel
8. Datuk Randhir Singh
9. Datuk Jaspal Singh
10. Datuk K.R.A. Naidu
11. Datuk K. Ganeson
13. Senator M.M. Samy
14. S.P. Manikavasagam
15. Datuk M. Paanjamoorthy
17. Datuk V.K. Suppiah
18. Datuk S. Ganesan
19. K.P. Samy
20. S.S. Rajagopal
21. Senator N. Ravisandaran
22. P. Palaniappan
23. Madhu Marimuthu
-- BERNAMA Money Politics Did Me In - Subra
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- Datuk S. Subramaniam, who lost in
his bid to regain the MIC deputy president's post, attributed money
politics as largely contributing to his defeat.
He said, money was openly given, a minimum of RM300 to each delegate.
"I accept the defeat. It was very disappointing. I did not expect (the loss)," he told reporters.
Asked whether he would join another party or form a new political
party, or what his next move would possibily be, the once long-time
deputy president said: "I will take some time to think about it (next
Asked whether the prime minister's 'message' today was not heeded
by the delegates, Subramaniam said: "I think the prime minister made an
important call. I think the message got lost."
Asked to comment on the possible disciplinary action against him
as he had been referred to the disciplinary board for making a
statement on party elections held in 1977, Subramaniam said he was not
bothered about it.
"I will know what to do," he said.
Meanwhile, many of Subramaniam's supporters were in tears. They
vented their anger by shouting that money politics was the cause of the
defeat and urged him to join other parties.
Meanwhile, another deputy presidential candidate, Datuk S. Sothinathan, said he accepted the defeat.
"Despite what the prime minister said this morning...delegates made their decision and nothing has changed," he said.
-- BERNAMA Palanivel Urges MIC Leaders To Close Ranks
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- MIC deputy president Datuk G.
Palanivel, who retained his position in the party at MIC's polls on
Saturday, urged members, delegates and leaders to close ranks following
a bitter 20-day election campaign period in the run-up to the election.
"We are one team which has to be united always...there should not
be any infighting between us in the party," he said after being
declared winner of the deputy president contest in the polls held at
the Putra World Trade Centre.
Palanivel beat former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and
outgoing vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan with a 82 vote majority in
Thanking delegates who voted for him, Palanivel, who was former
Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister, attributed his
victory to the faith of delegates in him.
"The victory is also because I always emphasised on unity among members. This the delegates value," he added.
Meanwhile, the three "preferred candidates" of MIC president Datuk
Seri S. Samy Vellu also triumphed in the vice president race. They were
Minister Datuk Dr. S Subramaniam, deputy minister in the Prime
Minister's Department Datuk S.K. Devamany, and Federal Territory deputy
minister Datuk M. Saravanan.
Dr. Subramaniam when met by reporters thanked the delegates for
the win and promised that he would work hard for the party and the
Malaysian Indian community.
"I will not dissapoint them. I will carry out my responsibility and duties diligently," he said.
Devamany, meanwhile, said the line-up picked by delegates at this election was "the best team the MIC ever had" in years.
"We will work as a team to carry out the aspirations of the delegates", said Devamany, who was visibly delighted with the win.
Saravanan said while the party was ready to work for the people
especially the Malaysian Indian community, the federal government too
had to assist the party in this effort.
"We can't do it alone. We now need to win back the community. The
Indian community must start trusting the government. And for this the
government must be forthcoming with its assistance," he added.