KUALA LUMPUR: MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and his expected challenger for the post Datuk G. Palanivel have distanced themselves from a short messaging service (SMS) poll to gauge their popularity.
Both said only the party delegates have the right to vote for the deputy president's post in the MIC general assembly in June.
They were commenting on the SMS poll being conducted by the Malaysian Public Service Organisation and Nayagan, a bi-monthly Tamil magazine, to gauge their popularity.
Subramaniam, in a statement to a Tamil newspaper, said the delegates were mature enough to make a wise decision.
“I cannot comment on the SMS campaign. This is normally done for artistes but now it has come into politics,” he added.
Palanivel said he did not take the campaign seriously.
“I am not a popular idol. The MIC leaders will be elected by delegates at the assembly. We are not taking part in a popularity contest but in a serious contest, where questions of leadership, commitment, consistency and ability to deliver will be tested,” he added.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu also hit out at the SMS poll.
He said only leaders who lacked influence, credibility and strength within the Indian community and the party would attempt to gauge their support or popularity through such polls.
The Works Minister said aspiring candidates would “soon learn a lesson that they can only secure positions in the MIC through hard work and through the democratic process, and not through some cheap and bankrupt means.”
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