KUALA LUMPUR: It has been four months since the MIC election was held but the party has yet to fill up five vacant senator seats.
The party used to have seven
senators but there are only three now – Datuk Jaspal Singh, Datuk
V. Subramaniam @ Barat Maniam and A. Sivabakiam.
One more senator’s post was offered to the party after it gave up a state seat to Umno in Perak during the last general election.
MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said he had held discussions with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the senatorship appointment for the party.
“There are many people lobbying for them. It is a very difficult decision,” he said when contacted.
Former MIC Youth chief T. Mohan noted that the party had not made any names for the senator posts since Subramaniam and Sivabakiam were appointed in August 2011.
He said the party was losing representation as these senators, with their allowances and perks, could play a dynamic role in voicing out the problems of the community.
“I know many have lobbied for the vacant senator posts but it is the prerogative of Palanivel to appoint them,” he said in a statement.
Tamil newspapers have reported that vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan, treasurer-general Datuk S. Murugessan and former deputy Youth chief V. Mugilan have been nominated for three senator posts.
There have been other reports alleging that those vying for the senatorship included Sothinathan and Johor MIC chairman Datuk S. Balakrishnan, Perak MIC chairman Datuk R. Ganesan, former Youth chief Datuk S.A. Vigneswaran, strategic director Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari and central working committee member Datuk Henry Benedict Asirvatham.
MIC Youth information chief K. Kesavan said the party should consider appointing youth chief C. Sivarraajh to enable him to play an effective role for the youths.
“Today, youths are the driving force for the party and their contributions should be recognised by the party leadership,” he said in a statement.