New line-up for Johor MIC branch

Amicable decision: Asojan (centre) announcing the new line-up at a press conference. –Bernamapic

JOHOR BARU: Newly-appointed Johor MIC chairman Datuk M Asojan does not expect any problems in taking over from his predecessor Tan Sri S. Balakrishan.

Asojan said the process would be conducted amicably and orderly as agreed by Balakrishnan.

“I had a discussion with him and he has agreed to the hand over after clearing some affairs in relation to the party’s finances and property accounts,” he told reporters after a meeting with the new state liaison committee members here.

Balakrishnan was ousted as the state chairman as his branch did not participate in the recent re-election, where Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam won the MIC president’s post uncontested on Aug 21.

Asojan clarified that some 346 Johor MIC branches out of 456 took part in the recent re-election.

“We are planning to approach the branches that did not participate,” he adding that nomination for the state MIC wings and divisions will be on Sept 12 and Sept 18 respectively.

Asojan added the new line-up included six new committee members while one was retained.

"The chairman, deputy and the secretary were appointed by Dr Subramaniam under Article 43.4 of the party constitution.

"Under the same article, the chairman has the right to appoint the committee members," he said.

The new committee includes Gelang Patah MIC division chief S. Kanan as the deputy chairman, Tenggaroh assemblyman K. Raveen Kumar as its secretary and Pasir Gudang division chairman R. Sabapathy as assistant secretary.

Also in are Parit Sulong division chief R Kumaran as treasurer, Sri Gading division chief G. S. Murugan as executive secretary as well as Pagoh division chief G Sivah, who retained his position as state information chief.

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