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Published: Saturday September 12, 2009 MYT 9:16:00 AM
Updated: Saturday September 12, 2009 MYT 9:56:17 PM

MIC polls: Samy Vellu's men sweep deputy, VP, most CWC posts

PM Najib wants MIC to close ranks; defeated Subramaniam alleges money politics

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KUALA LUMPUR: MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu’s men swept the top posts in the party.

Incumbent Datuk G. Palanivel retained the MIC deputy president's post after defeating former deputy president Datuk S.Subramaniam and former vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan at the MIC party elections.

Datuk Subramaniam's supporters wept in disappointment as they huddled with their defeated candidate and left the hall while loudly hurling allegations of money politics.

DEPUTY PRESIDENT
1. Datuk G. Palanivel 629 votes
2. Datuk S. Subramaniam 547 votes
3. Datuk S. Sothinathan 280 votes
* four spoilt votes.

VICE-PRESIDENT (3)
1. Datuk Dr Subramaniam 1,260 votes
2. Datuk S.K. Devamany 1,122 votes
3. Datuk M. Saravanan 1,030 votes
4. Datuk S. Balakrishnan 471 votes
5. P. Subramaniam 220 votes
6. Datuk V.K.K.Teagarajan 215 votes
7. P. Mariayee 61 votes

In the Central Working Committee, 19 out of the 27 candidates endorsed by Samy Vellu were returned, with the newcomers being former CWC member S.P. Manivasagam, Kedah MIC deputy chairman Datuk S. Ganesan, former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam's close ally K.P Samy and Social Entreprenuer Network chairman Madhu Marimuthu.

Those who lost include state chairman Datuk G. Rajoo (Perak), Datuk T. Rajagopalu (Negri Sembilan), Datuk V Saravanan (Kedah), Datuk R. Raghavan (Penang) and Dr K. Rajapathy (Penang) while the others include G. Vimalah Nair, P Logeswari @ Kajang Rani and G. Jayakumaran.

There was a shock as the five state chairmen were knocked out together with the two women representatives from the CWC lineup.

Former Ijok state assemblyman K. R. Parthiban was the highest with 1,073 votes followed by Kahang state assemblyman M. Asojan with seven votes less while Madhu Marimuthu came in 23rd with 589 votes.

The two North Indian representatives, Datuk Randhir Singh and Datuk Jaspal Singh also made it into the CWC, securing eighth and ninth positions.

A total of 1,469 delegates cast their votes in the contest said to be the most intense in the party's recent history.

In Pekan, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he wanted the MIC leaders who had won in the party election Saturday to close ranks and regain the support of the Indian community in the country.

He congratulated Palanivel as well as the other MIC leaders.

"The result that was announced had been expected. There were no surprises although support for the other candidates was rather strong.

"Nonetheless, based on my speech this morning, I believe this is the beginning of their efforts to win the support and heart of the Indian community," he told reporters after attending a breaking of the fast and handing over of Hari Raya contributions at the Masjid Felda Chini 4, in Pekan.

Back in Kuala Lumpur, Subramaniam, who lost in his bid to regain the MIC deputy president's post, said money politics contributed to his defeat.

He said, money was openly given, a minimum of RM300 to each delegate.

"I accept the defeat. It was very disappointing. I did not expect (the loss)," he told reporters.

Najib addressing the delegates at the MIC general assembly

Asked whether he would join another party or form a new political party, or what his next move would possibily be, the once longtime deputy president said: "I will take some time to think about it (next move).

Asked whether the prime minister's 'message' was not heeded by the delegates, Subramaniam said: "I think the prime minister made an important call. I think the message got lost."

07:45pm Former Deputy President Datuk S. Subramaniam's supporters weep in disappointment as they huddled with their defeated candidate and left the hall while loudly hurling allegations of money politics.

07:30pm: (Unofficial) Incumbent Datuk G. Palanivel retains the deputy president's post after defeating Subramaniam and Sothinathan

07:15pm: (Unofficial) Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk S. K. Devamany and Federal Territories deputy minister Datuk M. Saravanan have been elected MIC vice-presidents.

CWC is also mostly won by Samy Vellu's people. Counting going on for the deputy president's post.

04:05pm: Voting over. The count begins. Results are expected, earliest, at 8pm.

1.25pm: Voting process ongoing for party's posts. Candidate for deputy presidency Datuk S. Subramaniam casts his vote.

12.50pm: There will be 1,469 delegates casting their votes at this party polls, says Vijayanathan. Security stamps will be imprinted on the ballot papers to prevent duplication.

Voting starts for the party polls, beginning with Samy Vellu, who casts the first vote.

The voting is expected to completed by 3pm and the results are expected to be known by 6pm.

11.50am: The MIC general assembly resumes with the approval of the secretary-general's reports and accounts. Delegates are being briefed by election committee chairman Datuk K. Vijayanathan about the voting process.

10.20am: Najib in his speech at the assembly calls on Malaysians to cooperate and unite among the various races to make the country a successful nation. He says Barisan is not a marriage of convenience like Pakatan Rakyat, but a political institution, which has accomplished much for the nation.

The Prime Minister says party leaders will have to get the support of the people as it will be pointless for them to be just popular among party members and lose in the general elections.

He also says that party leaders must not be arrogant.

He adds that the key performance index (KPI) for MIC will be to regain the support of the Indian community.

MIC delegates gives Najib a standing ovation for his speech.

9.25am: Samy Vellu delivers his speech, promising that MIC will continue to reach out to the people, uphold its pledges, and develop trust and confidence in people towards Barisan Nasional.

9.15am: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and other party leaders arrive in Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre for the assembly to the accompaniment of traditional Indian music.

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s D-day for the MIC in selecting its future leaders. The 1,469 delegates have been given that responsibility.

They go to the polls today faced with this choice: opt for party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu’s hand-picked team or go against the grain.

The long-serving party supremo, who has been returned unopposed, is confident that the delegates will put the party’s interest above everything else.

“Pick leaders who are clean, trustworthy, responsible and hardworking with proven track records to ensure the smooth functioning of the party,” he said in his 11th-hour pitch to the delegates.

Leading his endorsed team is Datuk G. Palanivel, who is in a three-cornered battle to defend his deputy presidency.

One notch below are party secretary-general and Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany and Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, who are contesting the three vice-presidencies under Samy Vellu’s “ticket.”

The president has also endorsed 27 of the 63 candidates battling for the Central Working Committee (CWC) seats.

Palanivel, who ousted Datuk S. Subramaniam in a straight fight for the deputy presidency in 2006, will come up against the latter and vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan this time. Samy Vellu’s camp are predicting a win for Palanivel, expecting him to draw between 720 and 800 votes. “The delegates don’t want a deputy president who will be at loggerheads with the president,’’ an official said.

For the vice-presidents’ post, the three endorsed candidates holding government posts have an advantage but Johor MIC treasurer Datuk K.S. Balakrishnan and former Federal Territory MIC chairman Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan could spring upsets.

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