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Palanivel To Strengthen MIC To Face 13th GE

Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, July 28 @ 10:02:59 CDT

By S. Chandravathani & Prem Kumar Panjamoorthy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 (Bernama) -- To win back the trust of the Indian voters for the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, the MIC is on an impassioned overdrive to put its heart and soul for the 13th general election.

MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel will steer the party in this direction.

This weekend, the man will deliver his maiden opening speech as party president at its 65th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Ahead of the AGM, party secretary-general S. Murugesan said: "We (MIC) have widened our voter base by holding voter verification and registration exercise in all its 4,300 branches nationwide.

"The immediate priority is to ensure the registration of more than 100,000 party members as voters.

"With the help of the Election Commission, the MIC would also register new voters," he told Bernama in an exclusive interview at the MIC headquarters recently.

Currently, MIC has more than 630,000 members.

Furthermore, Murugesan said the party would also study UMNO and MCA's plan on broadening the voter base, and work hand-in-hand with Barisan Nasional's (BN) component parties to secure Indian voters in the general election, as was done in the past.

"However, we did encounter some difficulties...which is, if there is a single error in the application, the Election Commission will not register the applicant and the system will reject invalid applications," he said.

In not wanting to let the cat out of the bag, the party secretary-general remained tight-lipped on a surprise announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the Indian society at the AGM.

For the first time, the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) will be the venue for the two-day AGM, beginning July 30.

In previous years, MIC held its AGMs in their traditional venue, namely Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). More than 4,000 branch chairmen and delegates are expected to attend this year's AGM.

On possible agendas, Murugesan said the MIC president, who took over the reins of the party, late last year, was expected to propose to Najib, a mechanism to win back the trust of the Indian voters for the BN coalition, which is currently deeply divided.

The majority of Indian groups deserted BN at the last general election in March 2008.

On former party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Murugesan described him as a "great leader and an inspiration for grassroots leaders". He said Samy Vellu would attend the AGM as a special guest.

"An appreciation event has been planned to honour the leader who had inspired MIC with his thoughts, deeds, words and actions over the past 32 years."

As part of Palanivel's initiatives to the party's rebranding exercise, the party secretary-general said, MIC, for the very first time, would issue about 4,000 membership-*****-authority cards bearing the MIC logo, at the AGM.

Without revealing the actual cost, Murugesan said each card would cost about RM5, with magnetic strip and barcode, and be issued in phases. In the first phase, the cards will be issued for branch chairmen and delegates, while the second and third phases were meant for office-bearers and members, respectively.

"In future, the party would include the existing insurance scheme in the card and have talks with big shopping malls, airlines, travel agencies, hotels and related firms to allow members to enjoy benefits and privileges," he said.

The party will also launch two of its new products. They are MIC Times, which will be published in a hardcopy format, and MIC TV, a web-based TV at the MIC website as part of Palanivel's outreach programme, with emphasis on retraining and empowering the party and the Indian community, at large.

MIC Times will be published once every two months, in both Tamil and English, with its main content focusing on the party president's vision to rejuvenate and reinvent strategies, ideas and changes to help the MIC relive its glory days.

"For now, MIC Times will be distributed within the party and mailed to all branch chairmen. MIC Times will also give information to branch leaders on the government's existing and future policies, specifically for Indians, for example the Tekun loan scheme and study loans.

"We will also welcome articles related to the Indian community at the grassroots-level, aiming to create a sense of belonging," he said, adding that the first edition would be distributed at the AGM.

On the MIC Web TV, with "a shoestring budget", Murugesan said it served to highlight activities and contributions which were convenient and valued by all sectors, with high quality information to reach the audience, especially Indian society.

MIC Web TV, which will be operated from MIC headquarters through appointed staff, will be accessible round-the-clock.



Palanivel shies away from revealing AGM bill
FMT, K Pragalath,  July 28, 2011

Total expenditure for the party's annual event this year will be disclosed in the annual report, says G Palanivel.

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president G Palanivel declined to reveal the total cost of hosting the party’s 65th AGM at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) this weekend.

It was reported that unlike previous AGMs, which was traditionally held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, the bill for this year’s event may run into the millions.

“All will be revealed in the annual report. We are transparent,” said Palanivel when asked during a press conference held at the MIC headquarters this morning.

MIC treasurer Jaspal Singh later explained that PICC was picked for the AGM because the convention centre could accommodate the bigger crowd expected this year.

Palanivel, who will be chairing his first AGM since taking over the helm of the party in January this year, also announced an allocation of RM800,000 for party branches.

He was, however, reluctant to discuss his presidential address which he will deliver to about 4,000 delegates this Saturday.

“I will lay out a new political map for the party and the community,” he said, adding that more than 30 requests have already been forwarded to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“MIC supports BN but I can’t say that all Indians do. If the PM helps, Indian support (for BN) will surely rise, and the Indian votes will return,” said Palanivel.

Bags are only RM46 each

The MIC had its worst election run in 2008, resulting in only three of its reps in Parliament.

“We have 600,000 members of which 390,000 are voters. If we can increase the numbers, Indians will decide the winners for the general election,” added Palanivel.

As for the party’s priority Palanivel said: “We want MIC to show support for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and to show that Indians are with MIC.”

Division and branch chairmen are expected to be provided with expensive briefcases and goodies to boost their image and ‘empower’ them when meeting with members.

Palanivel also refuted reports that the bags for about 3,700 of them cost about RM200 a piece, saying each bag with a pen and writing pad included cost only RM46 each.

Asked if his deputy and human resources minister, Dr S Subramaniam’s call for the release of six PSM activists mirrored MIC’s stand, he said: “I made the call to the PM a few days ago.”



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