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MIC Elections 2009: Pro-Tem MIC Committee Finds Irregularities During MIC Election

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, September 26 @ 08:07:26 CDT

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) -- The 'Pro-Tem MIC 2009 Election Irregularity Committee', set up by seven MIC members, wants a fresh party election to be held as it claims there were irregularities during the party election on Sept 12.

The secretary of the pro-tem committee, N. Saaran, said he had raised several issues in a letter of complaint sent to the chairman of the MIC Election Committee, Datuk K. Vijayanathan, including the abuse of power by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu when the election was going on.


"We have come to (the) conclusion that the Election Committee that conducted the MIC general election was not independent, was not transparent. There were various irregularities that we have gathered.

"We actually sent notices to the Election Committee Chairman, we had requested for explanation why such irregularities had taken place," he told a news conference, here on Saturday.

Also present at the press conference were members of the pro-tem committee, including its chairman, P. Subramaniam who lost in the election for the post of vice-president.

Saaran claimed that the irregularities discovered at the election included Samy Vellu's cancellation of the ban on the use of handphones whereas Vijayanathan had issued a reminder to all delegates before the balloting.

"One of the delegates was caught using the handphone to take a photograph of the ballot paper, this was brought up by one of the candidates to the election committee, however no action had been taken," he claimed.

Subramaniam said other complaints raised with the MIC Election Committee Chairman in four letters sent on Sept 18, 23 and 25 were the actions of the candidates endorsed by Samy Vellu who had violated the rules against campaigning.

"Candidates were prohibited to campaign after 12.00 noon on Sept 11, but this rule was not followed by this so called official line-up, there were campaigns after 12.00 where there were campaigning in Sentul Curry House by the Youth, Wanita and Puteri MIC wings," he claimed.

"And not only that, on the election day, copies of a Tamil newspaper, Tamil Nesan, were distributed to all 1,400 delegates in the hall. In the paper, you could see a lot of campaigning by the official line-up, which was against the rule on campaigning," he said.

Subramaniam questioned why no action was taken whereas the MIC Election Committee Chairman had earlier issued a warning that any candidate caught campaigning after the time stipulated would automatically be disqualified from contesting.

He said his group was waiting for an explanation from Vijayanathan before taking further action.

Asked what action they would take if there was no change in the decision, he said they would then decide whether to remain in the MIC or join another party.

-- BERNAMA
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Thursday September 24, 2009 Leave with dignity, not in shame ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
By M. VEERA PANDIYAN, The Star

Pressure is rising from within the MIC for its feisty president to leave the stage sooner than later, especially after he has been cast as a liability to Barisan Nasional. ENDURING verbal abuse, insults and curses is elemental to the practice of journalism. Yes, even during the good old days, long before mainstream media (MSM) became a derogatory term to some. Working in a newspaper for close to three decades, I’ve had my share of put-downs and diatribes, mainly from politicians, both the petty and the powerful. Most are blurred in memory but one tirade bellowed in 1983, still rings in the ear: “You have sold your community for a fistful of dollars!” The thundering voice was that of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, then, and still, president of the MIC, during a press conference in January 1983 to announce the launch of Maika Holdings. The initial reaction of shock segued into amusement. In the mind, the image of the party leader who had just taken over the helm of the Indian component party of Barisan Nasional morphed into that of a cowboy – albeit more like Bud Spencer than Clint Eastwood in the old spaghetti Western movies. The reason for Samy Vellu anger? I had asked a question that I felt was fair: How is Maika going to be any different from the party’s existing business entities like Koperasi Nesa and Koperasi Pekerja Jaya? “You Indian reporters in The Star are always running down the MIC, you have all sold out your community for a company run by the MCA!” he said. If I remember correctly, that was the end of the press conference. As other bewildered reporters and I walked down the steps of the party headquarters, one of the president’s then economic advisers, who has since moved on to champion human rights and other currently politically correct causes, asked me: “Why do you all always belittle the MIC?” But when asked to name the instances, the economist could not be specific. By then we had reached the end of the stairway and the still incensed party leader, who must have seen us arguing, came rushing forward with some of his aides. Fortunately, the late Datuk K. Pathmanaban, then a deputy minister and party vice-president, pulled me away and cooled off the situation. Samy Vellu’s ire lingered for a while until the current deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel (then news editor with Bernama, who also covered the political beat) arranged for us to “bury the hatchet” – to use his choice of idiom. Those who know Samy Vellu well would agree that he can be charming and extremely generous to his friends but nasty and ruthless in anger, especially when dealing with political enemies. And during his 30-year-long tenure – from 1979 to 1981 as acting president, and since then as president – many of his friends have turned into enemies and vice versa. A few have gone around several times in the continuing drama. But today, his biggest worry must surely be his frenemies – those who seem to be friends but are actually enemies. They had been too scared to invoke his wrath or to mount a challenge, even after the party’s worst loss in the March 2008 election that saw him being booted from his Sungei Siput parliamentary seat and forced out of his long-held Cabinet portfolio. Yet he has doggedly refused to loosen his grip on the party. But for how long? Sensing pressure from Umno, especially after former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dubbed him as a liability to Barisan, grassroots leaders and members are now openly talking about wanting to see him leave, sooner rather than later. At a friend’s 49th birthday bash last Saturday, a former deputy division chief and branch chairman of 16 years who used to be a die-hard Samy Vellu supporter said: “There is no other choice. He has to go. If he stays, the party will be buried in the next general election. “No need for succession plans or dates. A new team has been elected with fresh young professionals in important posts. Just leave and let them get on with the job.” Another former MIC man said Samy Vellu’s decision to cling on is symptomatic of megalomania common to many political leaders. “He is convinced that only he can do the job of running the party. The others are always not ready. To him, they will never be.” While megalomania is a term to describe anyone who is power-hungry, clinically, it reflects a mental condition tied to narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Psychiatrists recognise NPD through a subject’s grandiose sense of self-importance, preoccupation with power, belief of being special, denial of obvious faults, need for excessive admiration, unreasonable expectations of being treated with favour and being contemptuous or arrogant. But using such criteria, wouldn’t many politicians on both sides of the fence also qualify as NPD cases? These people should also be regarded as drawbacks to their respective coalitions. They should be removed from positions and not be allowed to lead or contest in polls. As for Samy Vellu, members would rather see him go with some semblance of dignity rather than be shoved out in shame. I might be inviting a garland of slippers for this, but there is a danger of the MIC ending up as an abbreviation for Megalomaniac In Command if he chooses to stay on to the end of his 11th term. > Associate Editor M. Veera Pandiyan likes this quote by Lao Tzu: He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

 
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