I’m still MIC president, says Palanivel

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015

PETALING JAYA: The MIC president has urged party members not to be hoodwinked by suspended members into believing their story. 

In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (pix) stressed that he is still the MIC president. 

Palanivel said he was amused when reading Datuk Seri Dr Subramaniam’s statement, claiming that he was now MIC’s acting president. 

This was allegedly on the basis that Palanivel had lost his membership in MIC in bringing the judicial review application against the directives of the Registrar of Societies (RoS). 

“Let me make it absolutely clear that I am the president of MIC and there shall be no doubt whatsoever on this. 

“The High Court had decided not to allow the judicial review applications and thereby, the directives of the RoS were not quashed.

"MIC had exercised its right of appeal in law and has appealed against that decision.

"We will be filing for stay of the RoS' directives pending the appeal,” said Palanivel. 

He said Dr Subramaniam and others have manipulated the directives of the RoS for their self-serving ulterior motives.

He added that the proper conduct of any Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting must be done in accordance to provisions of the MIC constitution.  

“However, Subra, for the purpose of illegally gaining power and control in MIC, called for so-called ‘emergency’ CWC meetings.  

“The notice for the said illegal meetings was issued by members of the so-called interim CWC of 2009 and not by the secretary-general of MIC,” Palanivel said.

He said the MIC constitution clearly provides that any CWC meeting must be called by the party’s secretary-general.  

“Therefore, all meetings called by Subra and others are illegal, null and void, as being in direct contravention of the MIC constitution,” stressed Palanivel.

He added that immediately after the decision was delivered by the High Court on Tuesday, Subramaniam and others issued another purported notice of emergency meeting of the interim CWC, and the meeting was fixed on the same day. 

“Even the constitution of the interim CWC of MIC as led by Subra is not in accordance to the provisions of the MIC constitution. 

“As the said notice is in contravention of the MIC constitution, I had immediately issued a memo dated June 15 (Tuesday) to all members of the CWC of MIC, state, division and branch leaders of MIC that the said notice being illegal and the scheduled meeting to be cancelled,” he said. 

Palanivel added that since they did not adhere to the memo, he was left with no choice but to exercise his powers under the MIC constitution to suspend all those responsible for the calling of the illegal meeting.  

On Tuesday, Subramaniam said that Palanivel had ceased to be a member of the party when he took the RoS to court without endorsement from the CWC. 

The High Court here on Monday dismissed two judicial review applications filed by four MIC leaders and its strategic director. 

Palanivel, vice-presidents Datuk S. Sothinathan and Tan Sri S. Balakrishnan, former secretary-general A. Prakash Rao and its strategic director A.K. Ramalingam filed the applications in relation to the RoS directive for the party to hold fresh elections. 

They were seeking a declaration that the decision of MIC’s annual general meeting on Nov 30, 2013, was valid and enforceable. 

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Asmabi Mohamad said there was no reason for the court to interfere with the RoS decision as it was not tainted by the principle of irregularities, unreasonableness and irrationality. 

Justice Asmabi upheld RoS’ decision for the party to hold re-elections at all levels (branches and divisions) including the president’s post. 

Earlier Tuesday, Palanivel released a statement saying he had suspended Dr Subramaniam, MIC vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan and 12 other CWC 2009 members for going against his orders to hold a meeting. 

Dr Subramaniam claimed that Palanivel's orders no longer had any effect on the party or the committee.


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