GEORGE TOWN: The state MIC Youth has urged Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy to step down from politics after failing to win a place in DAP's central executive committee (CEC).
Its head J. Dhinagaran said Dr Ramasamy should not have accepted a “back door” post by being appointed into the committee as a party deputy secretary-general.
Dr Ramasamy, said Dhinagaran, should find out why he was no longer a main player in the party, adding that the election results showed that he had failed to address the problems of the Indian community.
“All Indian issues were previously referred to Dr Ramasamy. Now, it seems that the issues will be referred to M. Kulasegaran, who was elected to the CEC,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Dhinagaran also speculated that one reason for Dr Ramasamy's defeat was due to his confrontation with party chairman Karpal Singh over the “warlord” and “godfather” issue.
Dr Ramasamy, meanwhile, said Dhinagaran had no right to interfere in DAP matters.
“He should sort out the problems in his party first before commenting on others,” Dr Ramasamy said.
Meanwhile, MIC central working committee member K.P. Samy claimed that the DAP election proved that the party's concept of being “multi-racial” did not include Indians or Malays.
The election results showed that the Indian community needed a party like the MIC to represent them, he said.
“Even during the debates at the DAP convention, there was no talk about uplifting the Indian community,” he said, accusing the DAP of having forgotten the contributions of the Indian community to the party's victory in the last general election.