July 02, 2006
KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 (Bernama) -- MIC Information Chief Senator M. Saravanan has been appointed to head the Federal Territory (Kuala Lumpur) MIC, replacing party veteran Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan who lost in his bid for a vice-president's post in the party polls last week.
In making the announcement Sunday, MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he would not be making any changes to the other top state MIC posts.
Saravanan's appointment comes a week after the party polls which saw Teagarajan, a prominent businessman, come in fourth out of the seven candidates who contested for the three posts of vice-president in the June 24 elections.
The three posts of vice-president were won by Datuk S. Sothinathan, Datuk S. Veerasingam and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar. All three were the president's "preferred" candidates in the polls.
Today's announcement is also an indication that those who went against the president's "preferred" list of candidates in the polls would be sidelined for new, fresher faces in the party.
"I have decided to appoint Senator Saravanan as the new chief for Federal Territory (Kuala Lumpur) replacing Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan. All the other states (the positions) remain the same, I am not making any changes," he told reporters after opening the 29th annual general meeting of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, here.
Saravanan, when contacted by Bernama, said he was honoured by the appointment and thanked the president for the trust placed in him.
"I will certainly fulfill the vision of the party and the leadership. I vow to make the Kuala Lumpur MIC a role model for other states to follow," he said.
At the conclusion of the elections last Saturday, Samy Vellu had named Saravanan as the new party information chief, a position that was also held by Teagarajan.
Asked on other appointments, the MIC supremo said he had appointed Cameron Highlands Member of Parliament K. Devamani to the party's Central Working Committee (CWC).
Under the party constitution, the president is allowed to appoint nine CWC members, apart from the 23 elected members.
Samy Vellu also said that the MIC CWC would be revamped to make it more proactive rather than being a "talk shop".
"I thought I should restructure the whole CWC to make it more effective in serving the community rather than making it a place for meetings.
"I thought that being a member of parliament, he (Devamani) should be in the CWC so that he will be able to do more work. This is the only decision I have made so far," he added.
Samy Vellu said the three elected vice-presidents would each be given different duties based on the needs of the Malaysian Indian community of 1.8 million people.
"It is being worked out now and we had the first round of talks with office bearers ... in the future we will list out the type of duty each vice-president has to carry out and they may have to travel all over the country to find out the problems faced by the people and the organisation.
"They will report to me and appropriate action will be taken to alleviate the problems," said Samy Vellu, who won the party president's post unopposed for a record tenth term in March this year.
The post of party deputy president was won by Datuk G. Palanivel, who defeated long-time MIC No 2 Datuk S. Subramaniam in last weekend's elections.