PETALING JAYA: A youth MIC leader who criticised party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel over his leadership has been sacked from the party with immediate effect.
MIC disciplinary committee chairman Tan Sri K. S. Nijhar said the Merbok division’s Taman Baroda branch youth leader K. Somasundaram was given the boot for his continued criticism of the party.
“His statements have tarnished the name of the president and the party,” he said when contacted Tuesday.
He said Somasundaram was warned several times for his statements to the media but had continued to disregard them.
“The disciplinary committee monitored his statements for the past few weeks but he has gone overboard. The statements on March 17 and May 3 were the last straw,” Nijhar said.
In the statement, Somasundaram criticised Palanivel for his ineffectiveness in nominating four senators for the party and urged him to resign if he failed to get the four posts for the party.
Nijhar said the party constitution allowed the committee to directly expel a member although previously, the committee’s decisions had to be endorsed by the party’s central working committee, the decision-making body.
In March, the committee issued a show cause letter to Datuk S. Vell Paari but it was withdrawn after Palanivel appointed him as the party’s strategic director.
Somasundaram, when contacted, said that he was in the dark about the sacking.
“I only came to know from the media. This is how the party is being administered. They must have the courtesy to inform the member first,” he said, adding that he would continue to voice out problems in the party.