KUALA LUMPUR: The short messaging service (SMS) poll on the choice of candidate for the MIC deputy president's post is a waste of time and does not reflect the views of the party members, Selangor MIC Youth chief P. Subramaniam said here.
It is a big joke as the people participating are non-members of the party, he said when commenting on the SMS poll conducted by the Malaysian Public Service Organisation and Nayagan bi-monthly.
He said if they wanted to provide a service, they should not be charging any fee for conducting the poll.
We feel they want to take this opportunity to earn some money as well as get some publicity for their stunt, he said.
Subramaniam said only party members knew what was happening within the party and had the right to choose whether they wanted incumbent Datuk S. Subramaniam or challenger Datuk G. Palanivel, who is currently a vice-president.
Under the SMS poll, the public can vote for either Subramaniam or Palanivel between now and June 20. Each SMS is charged 50 sen.
The Youth leader said the result of the poll would have no bearing on the election of the deputy president, which was in the hands of the 1,500 delegates attending the MIC general assembly.
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