Palanivel suspends membership of trio from MIC

  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Feb 2015

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has suspended the membership of three former office bearers in MIC – A. Sakthivel, Senator Datuk Jaspal Singh and Datuk V. Mogan – just a day after threatening to sue the Registrar of Societies (RoS) over its handling of the party’s crisis.

The MIC president accused the trio of organising and attending a purportedly illegal meeting at the party headquarters last Friday,

Saktivel was the former MIC secretary-general, Jaspal had served as treasurer-general while Mogan was the information officer.

“By virtue of the powers vested in me as president of the MIC, under Article 61.1 of the party constitution, I have suspended their membership in MIC for a period of 12 months with immediate effect.

“I have issued the letters of suspension yesterday (Saturday) which will be received by them in due course,” Palanivel said yesterday.

In a press conference Saturday, Palanivel argued that last Friday’s meeting convened by a group of officebearers from the 2009 Central Working Committee (CWC) could not proceed as he, as the president, was the only one empowered by the party constitution to chair all meetings unless he expressly delegates that right to others.

Palanivel said a requisition for the said meeting was made via a letter dated Feb 11 and was signed by individuals whom he said claimed to be “secretary-general” (Sakthivel), “treasurer-general” (Jaspal) and “information officer (Mogan) of MIC.

Subsequenty, Sakthivel, also allegedly in his capacity as the secretary-general, had issued a notice of emergency meeting of the MIC interim CWC and fixed the date of the meeting on Feb 13, Palanivel added.

He added that he had issued a letter to Sakthivel on Feb 12 asking him to retract the said illegal notice of the emergency meeting of the interim CWC.

“Despite my letter, these individuals had proceeded in holding and/or participating in the meeting on Feb 13. It is beyond doubt that the acts of these individuals were clearly detrimental to the interest of MIC,” Palanivel said before confirming he will be meeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak next week on the crisis.

He said his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam would also be present.

In Langkawi, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Barisan deputy chairman said MIC must abide by the formula which had been agreed with Najib in the effort to resolve the party crisis.

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