MIC leaders call for unity or risk losing support

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  • Thursday, 18 Dec 2014

PETALING JAYA: The MIC’s Central Working Committee meeting today will decide whether the party will follow a Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) directive to hold fresh elections.

Despite questions on the legality of the CWC meeting itself, senior MIC members feel that the problem on its elections should be ironed out for the betterment of the party.

Party vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan said it was time for members to consolidate and move forward or risk losing the Indian community’s support.

“What we need to realise is that time is running out for us to prepare for the next general election.

“If there is infighting, we will lose the community’s backing.

“Everyone will lose their position if the party is no longer relevant, so let us give and take, and work with what is confined within the laws,” said Sothinathan when contacted.

On Dec 5, the RoS directed MIC to hold fresh elections for the three-vice president and 23 CWC posts, citing irregularities and breaches of the MIC constitution.

The elections must be held within 90 days, failing which MIC could be de-registered.

It was reported that former MIC Youth chief Datuk T. Mohan said he would organise a protest against the CWC meeting as he felt it was unlawful.

Mohan, who lost his bid for the vice-president post last year, said he would be attending the meeting as he was a “CWC member during the 2009-2013 committee”.

CWC member P. Kamalanathan said his main concern was the RoS’ directive.

“If we do not fulfil the recommendations by the RoS, the party could be de-registered and that is a cause of concern,” he said.

Kamalanathan said MIC’s future was at stake and that was something no one should “gamble with”.

“The 68 years of history filled with sacrifices could be wiped out because of a misplaced decision.

“The future of the party should not be put in such jeopardy,” he said.

Datuk S. Balakrishnan, who is also a vice-president, said there was no time for “nonsense” and the CWC meeting would focus on dealing with the matter at hand.

“Our focus should be to come to an agreement on the party’s stance and then move on with our main agenda, which is to take care of the Indian community,” he said.

Balakrishnan, who is also the Johor MIC chief, said it was important to keep the party together and for members to back any decision made by the president.

“After all, the party president was elected by us and we have to give him our support for the benefit of the party’s future,” he said, adding that he hoped the meeting would end without trouble and that an amicable solution could be reached.

In the 2008 general election, MIC won nine parliamentary and 20 state assembly seats.

But it only captured four parliamentary seats and five state seats in last year’s polls.

In PUTRAJAYA, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said he believed that party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel had taken into consideration the views on the status of the CWC meeting today.

“It was him who called for the CWC meeting, so I think he has been given the opinions (on the status of the CWC).

“He made the decision after taking everything into consideration,” Dr Subramaniam told newsmen.

He was asked whether the meeting should proceed after Mohan said the RoS was clear in its letter that last year’s committee was not valid.

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