MIC leaders want to be approved candidates


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 May 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Hordes of leaders from various states have made last-minute attempts to meet MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to convince him to include them in his list of “officially-backed” candidates ahead of the party elections on May 10. 

Such “blessing” is considered crucial in their bid to get elected for the 23 central working committee (CWC) posts that are up for grabs. 

Party observers said Samy Vellu had already given his blessings to some leaders to file their nominations for the CWC posts while others have been kept in the dark. 

“It is a tough call for the president as he has to ensure there is representation from all states.  

“Selangor and Perak, which would send the highest number of delegates are expected to get more seats in the CWC,” an observer said. 

Those vying for seats in the CWC include Johor state chairman Datuk S. Balakrishnan, and Negri Sembilan state chairman T. Rajagopalu as well as state assemblymen R. Ganesan (from Sungkai) and E. Yohavel (Sirusa). 

Among others are lawyers James Selvaraj and S. Ganesan, MIC Youth treasurer S.P. Manivasagam, Datuk Chandrasekhar Suppiah and Datuk S. Saravanan of Kedah. 

The nominations for the deputy president, three vice-president posts and the 23 CWC posts are scheduled for today.  

Samy Vellu, who was re-elected as the president for a record ninth term on March 8, had endorsed incumbent Datuk S. Subramaniam for the deputy presidency and Datuk S. Veerasingam, Datuk G. Palanivel and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar for the three vice-president’s posts. 

Federal Territory deputy chairman Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan has also indicated his interests to contest for the vice-president post and this is expected to make the contest an interesting one. 

Meanwhile, Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will open the Federal Territory MIC delegates’ conference to be attended by over 7,000 people at the PWTC today. .  


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