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by wani muthiah
No contest: Palanivel celebrating during the presidential nomination.
KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, who has retained the party’s top post unopposed, said he might stay on until after 2016.
“More than 3,000 branch chairmen are urging me to stay. After seeing the overwhelming support today, I will make a good and appropriate decision in 2016,” he said, adding that he was also willing to face contest for the position.
Palanivel, who had the endorsement of 617 nominations from almost 4,000 branch chairmen nationwide, was the only candidate to file his papers at the presidential nomination yesterday.
The Cameron Highlands MP received the mandate to lead the party from the party’s 3,702 branch chairmen.
The announcement was made by presidential election returning officer Tan Sri K. Kumaran at 12.30pm.
Palanivel, who is also Environment and Natural Resources Minister, thanked the party for the confidence it had in him.
“I thank you all for endorsing me. Once the party elections are over, we will form a very strong team to strengthen the MIC’s position,” he said.
The no-contest move for the MIC’s top two positions is part of the party’s strategy to strengthen its leadership and regain the support it lost in the 2008 general election.
Palanivel had earlier been reported as saying that he would only helm the party for another term until 2016.
He said the next three years were crucial for him to strengthen the MIC, adding that he would request Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to allocate a budget for the economic and educational development of the Indian community and for temples in Budget 2014.
Palanivel also said he and Kumaran would be the returning officers for the party elections, scheduled to be held in late November or early December.
Asked whether he had his own line-up for the party polls, Palanivel said he did not and would allow members the freedom to contest posts.
On working together with Indian-based parties, Palanivel said the MIC was prepared to discuss this with them.
He said he was certain that over time, all the parties would come together in support of the MIC.
Party vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany was confident that Palanivel and his yet-to-be-elected team would take the party to greater heights.
“The party leadership will strive hard to regain the people’s support and become the sole representative of the Indian community in the country,” said Devamany.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam is also expected to be retained unopposed.
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