KUALA LUMPUR: MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam has broken his silence. He is pledging his support for party president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu who is defending his post.
“I have had no problems working with Samy Vellu for the past 13 years. I will continue to give my wholehearted support to him,” he told reporters after the party's central working committee (CWC) meeting here yesterday.
Samy Vellu, 66, who is the Works Minister, announced on Dec 8 that he would seek another term as president. He is the party’s longest-serving president after taking over from Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam in 1979.
The MIC election steering committee headed by Tan Sri G. Pasamanickam has fixed March 8 as the nomination day and March 30 for polling should there be a contest.
Pasamanickam said the committee met twice and decided to fix the date, which coincides with Samy Vellu’s 67th birthday.
The MIC party constitution was amended to allow the presidential election to be held separately rather than with the elections of the other party posts at the general assembly.
A presidential candidate must be a branch chairman for at least 10 years or a CWC member to be eligible to stand for election.