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Wednesday September 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam
PUTRAJAYA: MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has chosen to keep mum over Datuk Seri G. Palanivel’s announcement that he may hold on to the party presidency when his current term expires in 2016.
Dr Subramaniam said he would rather discuss the issue with Palanivel on a personal basis and not be drawn into a debate over it.
“On Aug 22, after a meeting with the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), the president (Palanivel) announced his intention to retire in 2016.
“On the same day, I also announced my intention to not contest (the presidency) for the reason of unity.
“Until today, that spirit still stands. We are good friends and we will talk personally,” Dr Subramaniam, who is the Health Minister, told reporters after launching the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) International Conference and Exhibition 2013 here yesterday.
Dr Subramaniam was commenting on Palanivel’s remarks on Sunday that he might continue to remain in his post after his current term ends in 2016.
Palanivel was reported to have said that over 3,000 branch chairmen wanted him to continue heading the party and that he would only decide in 2016.
Meanwhile, on Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) action in removing a wall of the 101-year-old Sri Muneswarar Kaliamman Hindu temple in Jalan P. Ramlee on Sunday, Dr Subramaniam said the DBKL officers could have been overzealous in handling the matter.
“(Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri) Tengku Adnan Mansor has given his assurance that the temple itself will not be demolished.
“Temporarily, (the temple) will face some inconvenience but the main structure is not damaged. Perhaps, the enforcement officers need to learn to communicate better on how they do their job,” he said.
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