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H Selangor elections: Samy Vellu and Palanivel have completely lost face in the Hulu Selangor Barisan

Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, April 16 @ 10:03:42 CDT

MICLim Kit Siang, Apr 16 2010

MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and his deputy Datuk G. Palanivel have completely lost face in the Hulu Selangor by-election Barisan Nasional candidature farce while Umno hegemony in Barisan Nasional has reached new apex.

This is the most shameful and humiliating episode in the history of MIC, one of the oldest political parties in Malaysia, which was founded as far back as August 1946. In the 64-year history of MIC, was there a single time that the MIC could not decide and determine who should be its parliamentary or state assembly candidate – that its choice could be blocked and vetoed by other political parties including UMNO. If this had never happened before, why is it happening in the long 31-year reign of Samy Vellu as MIC President? This is most ironic. The UMNO and BN leadership continue to the blind and deaf to the message of the March 8 political tsunami of the 2008 general elections two years ago – which is a massive national vote against Umno political hegemony both in Barisan Nasional and in Malaysian politics.

Ironically, the Palanivel-Kamalanathan candidature farce has seen Umno’s hegemonic grip in Barisan Nasional reaching new dimensions, as all the other Barisan Nasional component parties, whether MIC, MCA, Gerakan or the Sabah and Sarawak component parties have never been so weak and emasculated in their history as compared to Umno’s over-reaching hegemony in the BN coalition. Now, Umno is not only usurping the right of individual BN component parties to determine who should be their candidates, but also taking over their right to determine the leaderships in the other BN component parties. In eliminating Palanivel as a candidate in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election, the Umno leadership has virtually delivered a death knell to the political future of Samy’s heir-designate in MIC. No wonder Palanivel was not present at the Barisan Nasional function in Ulu Selangor yesterday to announce the BN candidate. No wonder Samy Vellu quickly announced that he would not seek re-election when his term of office as MIC President ends in 2012, when he had earlier promised to hand over the MIC Presidency to Palanivel before the expiry of his term. The writing on the wall is clear – Palanivel has been eliminated not only as the BN candidate for Hulu Selangor, he has been eliminated as the successor to Samy Vellu as MIC President. Will Palanivel drown his sorrows and setbacks with the consolation of a Senatorship with vague but clearly not-intended-to-be-fulfilled lure of a deputy ministership in exchange for his exit from the political scene? UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin told Sin Chew that the selection of the Hulu Selangor by-election candidate must be decided collectively by the Barisan Nasional and not alone by Umno or MIC. Is Khairy joking or taking Malaysians for four-year-old children? The Barisan Nasional is a coalition of 14 political parties. Is Khairy seriously suggesting that apart from Umno objecting to Palanivel’s candidature, there were other BN component parties who objected? MCA? Gerakan? Can Khairy name them? Can Khairy name a single instance since the formation of BN in 1973 that Umno had acted as such a “big bully” as to interfere in the selection of candidature of a BN component party by arrogating to itself the power of veto to the “one and only” candidate proposal of the BN component party? Would Khairy agree to submit the decision-making of candidature for BN parliamentary or state assembly seats to majority decision of the Barisan Nasional parties in the BN Supreme Council – to the extent that the other BN component parties can decide by majority vote who should be the Umno President, Deputy President and UMNO Youth leader? Khairy is just adding salt into the wounds of the MIC leaders and members, divisions and branches.


The lion of Sungai Siput

$(do*****ent).ready(function(){ $("#node-page").addClass("visible"); }); Even when a lion gets old, it is still domineering. Could the "lion of Sungai Siput", Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, still able to fight with UMNO today? I think everyone knows the answer. MIC and UMNO were having different considerations over the candidate selection for the Hulu Selangor by-election. UMNO considered the winning chances while MIC believed that it was related to the party's dignity. UMNO asked for a younger candidate with higher winning chances while MIC insisted that UMNO should not interfere its party's internal affairs. Moreover, party Deputy President Datuk G. Palanivel was the successor of Samy Vellu. It would be an offence to MIC if Palanivel was not selected as the BN's candidates for the Hulu Selangor by-election. Therefore, the grassroots had urged BN to field Palanivel while the Central Committee wanted investigation on Youth Deputy Chief V. Mugilan for allegedly working against the interest of the party. However, after experiencing the great defeat in the 8 March general elections and when Indian voters no longer support MIC, MIC is basically having no political chip to bargain with UMNO. Today's "lion of Sungai Siput" can only sigh as eventually, its Information Chief P. Kamalanathan, instead of Palanivel, was selected. Even if MIC was able to successfully put pressure on BN, wouldn't it worry about paying the price later? Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was able to choose its candidate fast without any controversy but BN were having such a fierce dispute. It reflected that BN's mechanism could no longer move with time and it required a reform. The three component parties of PR are holding about the same amounts of seats and therefore, they are equal in terms of status in the coalition. After a decision is made by leaders of the three parties, they can implement it immediately. As for BN, which has been ruling the country for more than half a century, UMNO is the dominator among the 13 component parties because the coalition is lack of an effective communication channel, as well as a resolution mechanism. The great power of UMNO has turned it into a dominator. When the component parties lose their equal status, they will be unable to check and balance. When UMNO is over racism, other component parties can only criticise outside the party, instead of playing their role of checks and balances and correct it through the internal structure. In addition, MIC is adopting the "individual responsibility" system in which UMNO is responsible to fight for Malay votes, while MCA and MIC are responsible to fight for Chinese and Indian votes respectively. If MCA and MIC fail the tasks, they will be blamed. As for PR, it is multi-racial-based and therefore, no one will be the "scapegoat" for any election defeat. Instead, it is a collective responsibility. In terms of the candidate selection for the Hulu Selangor by-election, similar to the Bagan Pinang by-election in Negeri Sembilan, UMNO took more consideration on its grassroots leaders' views and feelings. Of course, it upset other component parties. BN has been applying such an unreasonable mode of operation since long ago. Therefore, they must find out a more flexible and timely resolution mechanism to rectify the weakness of one-party dominance. It is not enough for BN to give recognitions to its "associate members". Instead, it should reform its politics, update its structure and organisation to make it more democratic, fair and transparent. It can make it less racism and move towards a multi-racial-based coalition. No one actually believed it when they heard rumours saying that "MIC is quitting BN", as lions will be eventually tamed someday. (By LIM SUE GOAN/Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/Sin Chew Daily)



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