KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel will take over the chairmanship of the Kedah MIC "to strenghten the party's base in the state", effective Saturday.
In a statement here Friday, he said he would hold discussions with MIC divisions in the state at least twice a month, to understand and attend to issues there.
He is expected to begin his Kedah tour on Saturday to meet with branch and division chairmen from Merbok, Jerai and Sungai Petani, among others.
"The Kedah MIC has to move forward. I arrived at the decision (to take over as Kedah chairman) to strengthen the party's base in the state," said Palanivel, who is also Natural Resources and Environment Minister.
It is believed the takeover of the leadership was fuelled by complaints from several party chairmen in Kedah MIC due to problems faced by the party leadership.
Palanivel the status of the previous Kedah MIC chief S. Ananthan and other office-bearers would be decided later.
Meanwhile, Kedah MIC deputy chairman M.L.Maran welcomed Palanivel's decision, hoping it would bring positive changes in the re-branding of the state MIC.
"It is crucial to strengthen MIC's position in Kedah. His taking over will help to resolve problems faced by the Indian community and regain the trust of the people," he said.Maran also paid tribute to Ananthan, thanking him for his contributions to the party. - Bernama
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