KUALA LUMPUR: The hotly-contested MIC elections are over but the drama is far from finished.
Party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has announced that former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam, who lost in the three-cornered fight for the No. 2 post on Saturday, would be referred to the disciplinary committee.
He said this was because Subramaniam had tarnished the party’s image and tried to disrupt the party meeting on Saturday by bringing in about 500 youths, whom Samy Vellu alleged were gangsters.
Subramaniam, meanwhile, told The Star that he was ready to face any action and called the allegations against his supporters “baseless”.
He said his supporters were already urging him to leave the MIC and join the Opposition, or set up a new party.
Last week, Samy Vellu said the party would issue Subramaniam a showcause letter over the allegations of stolen votes raised by former vice-president Datuk V. Govindaraj in 1977.
Yesterday, he said more than 500 youths wearing Subramaniam’s T-shirts were brought to Putra World Trade Centre to intimidate delegates.
“We have compiled details of the youths and informed the relevant authorities,” Samy Vellu said, adding that some of the youths entered the hall when voting was in progress and it was difficult to get them out.
“I have never seen such an incident during the MIC general assembly,” he said.
On Subramaniam’s claim that he lost due to money politics, Samy Vellu said the party also had evidence of money politics practised by the former deputy president.
Subramaniam’s followers said they were confident he would find a new platform to draw and unite the Indian community.
One went as far as claiming that a large number of supporters would follow Subramaniam out of the MIC if he left.
“If Subra leaves, 300,000 will follow within two weeks. We will prove it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 63rd MIC general assembly, which ended yesterday, decided to impose a three-term limit to the president’s and division chairman’s posts.
Samy Vellu also appointed a youthful team to major positions in the party, including former MIC Youth secretary S. Murugesan, 42, as secretary-general; MIC national economic bureau secretary Datuk Jaspal Singh, 47, as treasurer; and Putera MIC coordinator P. Kamalanathan, 42, as information chief.
The party will also recruit younger and educated members through an online portal, Samy Vellu said, apart from opening more youth branches.
He also said his deputy Datuk G. Palanivel would spearhead the MIC campaign in the Bagan Pinang by-election to woo the more-than-20% Indian electorate there.
In Shah Alam, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged the newly-elected leaders to close ranks and work hard to regain the support of the Indian community.
He said it was important for the new party leadership to cooperate and ensure that Barisan Nasional secured a strong victory in the next general election.
“The delegates’ decision should be accepted by all.
“The MIC should look seriously into the Prime Minister’s call to the party to perform and listen to the views of the Indian community.
“The new line-up has a heavy responsibility to carry out the party’s transformation process as soon as possible,” he said yesterday.
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