KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- "Maintain party unity and stability"
will be MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's parting words to the
party's powerful Central Working Committee (CWC) members at their
meeting on Dec 6.
Samy Vellu, who is expected to hand over the party's leadership to
his deputy, Datuk G. Palanivel soon after the CWC meeting, said he
would stress on the need for the party to maintain an effective
leadership and preserve unity to ensure MIC's survival.
<><>"I want them to maintain a strong working relationship so
that the party can function effectively," he said when interviewed by
RTM's Minnal FM Tamil radio station here Sunday.
Samy Vellu who had announced that he would chair his last CWC
meeting on Dec 6, also said he would urge party members to give their
full backing to Palanivel.
The former works minister described Palanivel, his former press secretary, as "a dedicated and pious person."
"He may not be as tough as me in running the party, but he can be
tough at times. I believe he can do the job and I want all members to
give him their support," he said.
Samy Vellu said unity has to be maintained by all quarters in the
party to ensure the MIC continued to represent the Indian community and
deliver the Indian votes to the Barisan Nasional in the next general
"It is vital that the MIC remains strong, vibrant and effective to
continue fighting for the rights of the community. This can only happen
if there is an effective leadership, and stability," he said.
Observers said Samy Vellu's remarks could be taken as cautioning
party leaders from engaging in power tussle, especially in the run-up
to the MIC elections in 2012.
Although Samy Vellu had refused to accept the post of party
advisor after handing over the presidency to Palanivel as suggested by
certain MIC leaders, it is believed that he would closely monitor the
According to an aide, Samy Vellu would "move in" should there be a power tussle or attempt to destabilise the MIC.
"Samy Vellu would still command the respect and support of a
sizeable number of (MIC) branch and divisional chairmen, and in the
2012 party elections, he could still call the shots," the aide said.
Samy Vellu took over the helm of the party in 1979 from the late Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam.
Sunday Star, November 28, 2010
Samy: Palani will spearhead MIC
LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who is stepping down
after 31 years in office, says his deputy Datuk G. Palanivel will take
over as a full-fledged president without having to be elected.
The outgoing president said the party constitution allowed Palanivel to be the president immediately.
MIC constitution states that in the absence of the president, the
deputy will act for the president. Absence means when I go on leave or
“But, I am resigning. So he takes over as the full president and not in an acting capacity,’’ he told The Star in a farewell interview at the party headquarters.
Samy Vellu, 74, is expected to vacate his post on Dec 6 when he chairs his last Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting.
Certain factions in the party are claiming that Palanivel, 61, can only take over in an acting capacity until he is elected.
Vellu, who has held the MIC presidency for a record 11 terms, explained
that the current scenario in the party differed from back when he took
over as acting president in 1979 following the death of Tan Sri V.
“I took over in an acting capacity because at
that time there were no vice-presidents to be made the deputy
president. We amended the party constitution only later to have three
vice-presidents,” he pointed out.
On the party’s No 2 position,
Samy Vellu said he had obtained the mandate of the CWC to appoint
vice-president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, 57, as acting deputy president.
will put them both in their seats and then leave as I don’t want a
tussle after that. Somebody may come and tell him (Palanivel) not to
pick Dr Subramaniam as the No 2,” he said, adding that he was aware
that there are a lot of troublemakers in the party.
was his greatest disappointment throughout his long tenure, Samy
Vellu said it was former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam’s
“inability to work with me.”
“He contested against me twice. Otherwise today, he would have been the president of the MIC,’’ he added.
Vellu also confirmed that he would assume new duties as special envoy
for infrastructure with ministerial rank to India and several other
South Asian countries.