Teagarajan takes over as FT chief from Samy


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 31 May 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has relinquished his Federal Territory (FT) MIC state chief post to pave the way for former chairman Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan who withdrew his nomination papers to contest as vice-president in the recent party elections. 

“I have a lot of responsibilities. I cannot do everything,” Samy Vellu told reporters after chairing the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) at MIC headquarters yesterday. 

Veteran politician Teagarajan, who was the former FT MIC chief, was in the limelight when he submitted his nomination papers to contest for a vice-president’s post on May 1 but withdrew within a few hours. 

His withdrawal paved the way for incumbents Datuk S. Veerasingam, Datuk G. Palanivel and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar to be returned unopposed as vice-presidents for 2003/2006.  

Samy Vellu had appointed Teagarajan into the CWC and also as the party’s information chief for a year after the MIC general assembly on May 11. 

On whether the appointment was a compromise for Teagarajan’s decision to withdraw from contesting the vice-president’s post, Samy Vellu said the compromise had already been settled earlier. 

Except for Pahang, Samy Vellu said all the other state chairmen had been reappointed to their post. 

Sabai assemblyman M. Davendran replaces Datuk S. Sinnathamby as the new Pahang MIC chief. 

He said Deputy President Datuk S. Subramaniam had been appointed as the chairman for the domestic trade and consumer affairs committee, Veerasingam (Welfare and Social Development), Palanivel (Rural development), Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo (disiciplinary), Datuk Dr T. Marimuthu (education) and newly elected CWC member Vimalah Nair (Women Development). 

On the entry of Indian students into local universities, Samy Vellu said the problems of unsuccessful students would be raised with Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad soon. 

He said a few thousand Indian students applied for a place in the universities but only 1,900 were successful. 

On another matter, he said he would ask Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to allocate several state and parliamentary seats where Indians made up a sizeable number. 

“In the Jeram Padang state seat in Negri Sembilan, Indians make up 33.58%, higher than the Chinese and Malay electorate while in the Sri Andalas constituency in Selangor, there are 32% Indians,” he added.  

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