“Sothinathan has to face disciplinary action but there is no action taken so far. He came to a BN representative’s constituency and he told the voters in my area not to support the PPP candidate,” PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas said. “Later, all the MIC leaders in my area were also told to boycott my party,” he told reporters yesterday. Kayveas said Sothinathan had gone overboard and what he did was against the spirit and principle of friendship in the BN.
He questioned why the MIC had not done anything about Sothinathan’s conduct, and said this issue should be addressed first before any proposal to expel the PPP from the BN. “When the MIC’s hands are dirty for condoning its vice-president to attack us, they cannot table the proposal with their hands dirty.” He added that the PPP’s supreme council had decided on Saturday night that the party will also prepare a proposal against Sothinathan, to be submitted to the BN disciplinary council (see graphics).
Kayveas said there was no need for the MIC to propose for the PPP to be expelled from the BN. He said even if there were such a need, the MIC should fi rst investigate to see why the conflict had occurred between the two parties. It was reported on Saturday that MIC’s central working committee was preparing the proposal to be tabled before the BN.
“It is not easy for PPP to be expelled from the BN as the coalition was a brainchild of former PPP president Datuk Seri S.P. Seenivasagam and agreed to by the second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein in 1973,” Kayveas said. “So it is better for the MIC to propose how to take action against Sothinathan for his inappropriate action” he said. He added that when he accepted Sothinathan’s challenge to a debate, the MIC vice-president had last week applied for an ex-parte injunction against him from uttering and publishing slanderous words.
He also hoped that the MIC will give him a copy of the proposal to expel the PPP before tabling it before the BN. Asked if he had approached BN chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi about this, Kayveas said the prime minister was aware of it. He said he understood that Abdullah would not want to see the two component parties quarrel in public.
On whether he was willing to sit down with MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to settle the conflict, Kayveas said he would if Samy Vellu were to call for a meeting but he himself
would not initiate the meeting. “If I said today that I am willing to talk, tomorrow he (Samy Vellu) will say ‘Who is he? What is he? He is a mosquito.’
“We do not want to be insulted and abused again. If he calls (for a meeting), I will come,” he said. Kayveas, however, did not think the feud would tarnish the BN’s image. He said it would show the maturity in the country’s politics and that component parties were willing to discuss issues openly.
November 04, 2007 22:38 PM
Stop Squabbling, Najib Tells MIC, PPP
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has asked the MIC and People's Progressive Party (PPP) to stop running down and challenging each other.
He said their actions were unhealthy and not the style of the Barisan Nasional (BN).
"We want relations between the component parties to be cordial, so they must avoid condemning and challenging each other," Najib, who is also BN deputy chairman, said after closing the leadership course for Umno Overseas Clubs here today.
Yesterday, the MIC said it would table a resolution at the next BN supreme council meeting for the BN leadership to act against PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas for trying to humiliate and embarrass the MIC and its leaders.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had said that stern action against Kayveas would serve as a reminder to other BN component party leaders not to openly dispute over issues or humiliate the other leaders in the BN.