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MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel
PETALING JAYA: A compromise to avert a contest for next month’s MIC presidential election was reached following discussions between Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and four MIC leaders.
During the meeting on Sunday, the Prime Minister had advised the leaders – MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, and vice-presidents Datuk M. Saravanan and Datuk S.K. Devamany – to avoid a contest as it would lead to division in the party.
A senior party official said Najib had also asked them to concentrate on strengthening the party and regaining support from the Indian community.
“The four had a separate meeting in a hotel and decided to accept Najib’s advice for the sake of unity. The decision was made by the four leaders themselves,” he said yesterday.
Under the compromise, it is believed that Palanivel had agreed to endorse Dr Subramaniam for deputy president. He added Dr Subramani-am had also spoken of the compromise during a closed-door dinner with his supporters in Putrajaya on Monday.
Although there were strong calls for Dr Subramaniam to mount a challenge for the president’s post, he declined to comment other than saying that an announcement would be made at the appropriate time.
Any leader intending to contest for the president’s post must obtain 50 nominations, with each nomination getting the support of six branch chairmen, with over 4,000 branch chairmen eligible to vote.
The last time there was a contest in MIC was in 1993 when Kapar division chairman S. Subramaniam, also known as Jumbo Maniam, contested and lost to incumbent Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
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