TEMERLOH: Pahang MIC has expressed its full support to incumbent president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel to continue leading the party.
State MIC chief R. Goonasakaren said under the leadership of Palanivel, the party had done well in the recent general election and managed to win back the people’s support.
He said Palanivel had also introduced various measures and taken steps to further strengthen the party for the benefit of the community.
“As such, all 14 division leaders in Pahang have pledged to give our undivided support for him to carry on to helm the party.
“He has set the party in the right direction and we should give him more time to produce the desire results,” he told Star Metro after chairing the first state meeting since being appointed as state chairman, in Mentakab near here.
All division chiefs were present except Temerloh and Rompin, who were absent with permission due to other prior engagements.
Goonasakaren said even his predecessor Datuk M. Davendran, who is the Kuantan MIC division chief, was present and supported a motion to back the president.
He said the issue was discussed at length and all division chiefs voted to give their support to Palanivel in the coming party election.
“We hope there would not be any contest for the presidency but if there is, would throw our support to the incumbent.
“Once the election is over and done with, we would focus our efforts to address issues affecting the people,” he said.
Goonasakaren, who is the Bera MIC division chief, also refuted an analysis in a vernacular newspaper that only 12% of the branches in the state supported Palanivel as the president.
He said it was malicious and done deliberately to mislead the people in view of the coming party elections.
”I have personally gone down to meet the grassroots in five divisions namely Cameron Highlands, Bentong, Maran, Kuala Krau and Rompin.
”The so-called analysis did not reflect the actual situation on the ground and none of the division chiefs were being contacted to verify the claim,” he stressed.
Presently, all the 217 branches in the state will be having its elections ahead of the party polls scheduled in late September.