The Star, Monday November 14, 2011, By A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel
has declined his reelection as a trustee in the MIC-owned Maju
Institute of Educational Development (MIED), preferring to concentrate
on the party and the Indian community affairs. Palanivel, who
took over the party presidency last December, had sent a letter
indicating that he did not want to be reelected as a trustee to the
At the MIED annual general meeting held Monday, Palanivel and veteran MIC politician T
an Sri K S Nijhar had declined the reelection while eight others, including former president and MIED chairman Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, were re-elected as the trustees.
The others were MIC deputy president Datuk Dr S Subramania, vice president Datuk M Saravanan, Perak MIC chairman Datuk S Veerasingam, veteran politician Tan Sri G Vadiveloo, Negri Sembilan MIC chairman Datuk T Rajagopalu, Johor MIC chairman Datuk K S Balakrishnan and MIC education bureau chairman Tan Sri M Marimuthu.
In a statement, Palanivel said that he had declined as he had too many
responsibilities to handle both as party president and Minister.
“The MIED board meetings are very time consuming. My job is to provide
leadership to the party and the community. I think I will concentrate on
this,” he said.
Palani did not attend the board meeting which was held in the morning as well as the AGM in the afternoon.
This is the first time that two leaders had declined reelection as
trustees since the MIED was founded by Samy Vellu in the 1980s.
Nijhar, when contacted, said he had already indicated his decision not
to seek reelection as a trustee as he would take up appointment as
chairman in a public private sector initiative soon.
the chairman, the other trustees and the members for the support
extended to me for the past 28 years,” he said, adding that he was
willing to assist MIED on an ad hoc basis.
MIED is worth nearly RM1bil. It also administers MIC's Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology in Kedah.