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Aspirants Resort To Ploys, Strategies To Face MIC Polls

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, February 05 @ 18:29:33 CST

MICFebruary 05, 2006 15:01 PM
By S.Retnanathan

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- Amid the rumour mill spinning in full steam and the battle lines drawn, party hopefuls have started to execute their own strategies to face the MIC elections in June.

The so-called MIC Baru could be part of that strategy, said a senior MIC official.

This strategy (MIC Baru) will be used as a platform to mount unprecedented attacks on the party president as it would be suicidal to attack Samy Vellu from within MIC.

"After the MIC elections, MIC Baru (new) will become old, a thing of the past. It's a seasonal thing and happens every three years," the official, who declined to be quoted, told Bernama in an interview.

With Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu almost certain of being re-elected unopposed as party president in next month's presidential election, the focus has shifted to the fight for the deputy presidency and the three vice-presidency in June.

For the deputy president's race, in*****bent Datuk S. Subramaniam is expected to be challenged by vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel, while the other two vice-presidents -- Datuk S. Veerasingham and Tan Sri K. S. Nijhar -- have vowed to defend their positions.

Subramaniam, a long-time deputy of Samy Vellu, had fallen out with the party supremo, with Samy Vellu openly declaring his support for Palanivel, who is also Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister.

For the three vice-president's posts, more MIC heavyweights are expected to join the fray and one of the frontrunner is Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory MIC chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan.

While the announcement of the so-called MIC Baru had initially caused a stir among party members, MIC leaders appeared to be in full control of the situation.

A police report and a notice to the Registrar of Societies by the MIC on the illegality of MIC Baru had brought the curtains down on the subject as far as the MIC members are concerned.

But the questions remained as to how the actions of a handful of ex-MIC members had caused the confusion and lack of understanding, said the official.

The MIC Baru is made up of only six disgruntled people -- P. Ganapathy, Robert Muniandy, R. Mathiavanan, P. Anpalagan, N. Maneany a.k.a Ampang Muniandy and M. Kulappan, but MIC members and the public were misled into believing they have the backing of 100,000 former party members.

"What most people failed to realise is that the person behind the press conference (to announce formation of MIC Baru on Jan 28) is a recently expelled MIC branch chairman who is closely linked to a senior MIC leader," he said, apparently referring to Ampang Muniandy.

He said to vent his frustration against Samy Vellu whom he alleged as being the sole cause for his sacking from the MIC, Ampang Muniandy summoned his "five lieutenants" who are in the same boat (sacked MIC members) with him two days after his expulsion and decided to form MIC Baru.

"It is not because of dissatisfaction with the MIC leadership, particularly with regard to issuance of B Forms to MIC branches to convene their annual general meetings for the purpose of the upcoming MIC polls," he noted.

He said the six proponents of MIC Baru were clearly prompted by ulterior motives and bad faith towards MIC and the leadership.

In this regard, be noted that Gannapathy (who is purportedly MIC Baru pro tem president) was once a MIC branch chairman.

He left the party when his branch meeting was declared null and void as it was not held in accordance with the MIC constitution, he said.

Anpalagan (purportedly MIC Baru pro tem treasurer) was also a branch chairman and quit the party when his branch was declared defunct for failure to hold its annual general meeting in accordance with party constitution.

Ampang Muniandy (so-called MIC Baru coordinator) was expelled on Jan 26 for penning a defamatory poem of Samy Vellu.

"It is therefore apparent they have an axe to grind with the MIC and this is the real motive behind their attempt to form and register MIC Baru," he said.

On their allegations that one of the main reasons for the formation of MIC Baru was the alleged late issuance or non-issuance of the B forms, he said it was obvious that this reason was baseless as party secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan had said of the 4,300 branches, only 10 branches (as opposed to 100 as alleged by the proponents) were not given B forms.

"Like what Samy Vellu likened MIC Baru to that of "kopi panas" (hot coffee), it will turn cold soon," he added.

-- BERNAMA

 
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