Brewing crisis spills over


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Sep 2003

BY RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: A crisis that had been brewing over the past year in the Sabah MIC has been brought out in the open, with a group calling for the removal of state party chief V. Jothi from his government-appointed posts. 

The group, comprising three of the five MIC division heads in the state, were appealing to Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman to revoke Jothi’s appointments to the following posts: Sabah Ports Authority deputy chairman, Sabah Energy Corporation board director and deputy chairman of Tugboat Corporation Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sabah Energy Corporation. 

Group spokesman and state MIC deputy chief A.S. Sivathayalan accused Jothi of grabbing the posts, which he claimed were offered to Sabah MIC officials. 

He said here yesterday that the group was proposing that Sabah MIC make a decision to allow Jothi to only hold one post with the state liaison committee deciding who should hold the other two posts. 

“We have nothing personal against Jothi but it’s just that we want the posts to be shared among the Sabah MIC committee line-up,” said Sivathayalan, the Tanjung Aru MIC division chief. 

Also with him at the press conference were state party secretary Ron Gnanasegaran, Silam MIC chief A. Nagaraju, Sandakan MIC chief Ram Sing Ganggaraju and his deputy Muniandy Kalimuthu and state party committee member Dickson Fernandez. 

When contacted, Jothi said his appointment at the Sabah Ports Authority was at MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu's recommendation.  

“After that, Sabah decided to appoint me to the two other posts. 

“If anyone has problems, they should have got in touch with the party president or at least talk to me. This should have been settled internally.”  

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