KUALA LUMPUR: Former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has urged Datuk Seri G. Palanivel to save the party.
"I pray ... and ask him (to) please save the MIC," he said on the sidelines of the Nepal Investment Summit 2015 in Bangsar here on Tuesday.
Samy Vellu, who is the special envoy to India and South Asia on infrastructure, said the lack of unity in MIC might adversely affect the party.
In expressing concern over the infighting in MIC, he called on Palanivel to engage with party members despite their criticism of him.
It was normal for party members to criticise their leaders, he said, adding that Palanivel had to always keep the line of communication with them open.
Differences of opinion had emerged in the MIC following an order on Dec 5 last year from the Registrar of Societies for the party to hold fresh elections for the three vice-presidents and 23 positions in the Central Working Committee (CWC) within 90 days due to irregularities in the elections held at the 68th MIC general meeting in Malacca on Nov 30, 2013.
Samy Vellu said Palanivel, as the president, should give due respect to the people who were with him. "The way things are going, nobody cares for the party. They only care for themselves," he said.
Samy Vellu, who had helmed MIC for 29 years, said that despite the obvious bickering among factions within the party and the apparent discord between the president and deputy president (Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam), the time had come for all members to sit together and discuss about what could be done to enhance the party’s strength.
He recalled that during his tenure as the president, many people were against him and they held press conferences and organised meetings to criticise and attack him.
"I called them and talked to them and made them my friends. This is politics, (and) as politicians we must show kindness to others to ‘pull’ them to us," he said.
Asked about Palanivel's remark that he was considering action against Dr Subramaniam and others who had attended a meeting he had not sanctioned, Samy Vellu said that heads of divisions had the right to attend any meeting and they did not need anybody's approval.
It was reported that Palanivel regarded a meeting of 90 MIC division heads, chaired by Dr Subramaniam at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, as illegal.
The 90 division heads reportedly agreed unanimously that the CWC for 2009-2013 be chosen to manage the party while waiting for a new CWC to be elected.
The MIC has 135 divisions throughout the country. - Bernama
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