Subramaniam to defend post

  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 May 2005


KUALA LUMPUR: MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam will defend his post in next year's party elections, and hopes to lead the party some day. 

“This is not the first time that I am facing a contest,” he added. 

He was the first MIC leader to openly state his stand following speculation that he would be challenged by vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel, who is also the Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister. 

Subramaniam, who is without a government position, after being dropped as the Segamat MP last year, however pledged his support to party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and said he would not go for the top post. 

Palanivel who declined to make his stand known, also pledged his support for the president. “Ask me next year because I am in politics for today and not talking about tomorrow. 

HEAR ME: Party president Samy Vellu making a point at the closing of the 59th MIC general assembly at the PWTC here yesterday.

“I just do what is right for today and if today is right, then tomorrow will be right,” he said. 

Speaking to reporters at the MIC general assembly, Subramaniam said the delegates were mature and wise and they would see that not holding a post in the Government was all the more reason why he should retain his present position. 

“Because I don’t hold a position in the Government, I will have the time to carry out the responsibilities of the deputy president more effectively,” he said. 

Asked whether party elections next year would create a rift between members, Subramaniam said if the elections were carried out in a democratic, smooth and clean way, he did not foresee any problems. 

Incumbent vice presidents Datuk S. Veerasingam, who is the Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister and Tan Sri K.S. Nijar confirmed they intend to defend their posts. 

Youth chief S. A. Vigneswaran was non-committal about defending his position. 

“It is too early to say whether I will or will not contest.”  

MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan also declined to comment on whether he would contest for a post in the party but described himself as the president’s man.  

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