A disgruntled MIC CWC member feels belittled and betrayed for not being told the details of the pact.
PETALING JAYA: KP Samy, a MIC central working committee (CWC) member, today called upon the party’s top leaders to reveal the ‘agreement’ they reached in the presence of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The veteran CWC member said that 630,000 party members were kept in the dark over the secret pact agreed upon by these leaders to avert contest for the president’s seat.
Samy sent an official letter to the MIC headquarters today, urging the party leaders to convene an emergency CWC meeting.
The emergency meeting is requested in order to compel the party leaders to explain what really transpired during the meeting with the PM.
Samy claimed that seventy percent of the CWC members have agreed on the emergency meeting.
“CWC members were not aware of what transpired during the meeting. We have to be transparent, so we know why certain actions had been taken.
“The leaders are duty-bound to explain to party members on what exactly transpired during the meeting,” said Samy.
On Aug 18, Najib met MIC’s top leaders, namely president G Palanivel, deputy president Dr S Subramaniam and vice presidents, M Saravanan and S K Devamany, supposedly to discuss party polls, especially the race for the president’s post. Until then Subramaniam was touted to challenge Palanivel for the top post.
After the meeting, Palanivel hinted strongly that there will be no contest for the top two positions, i.e. president and deputy president; and that they would not face ‘strong challengers’.
Palanivel only affirmed that there will be contest for the three vice presidents’ posts and CWC positions.
Palanivel re-elected without contest
Sources meanwhile said that a compromise was reached between the two leaders upon the intervention by BN chairman Najib.
The MIC president is elected by the 4,000-odd branch chairmen. He faced no contest when nominations closed last weekend.
Contest for other posts including deputy president, vice presidents and 23 CWC members will be carried out during the party election coming November. Leaders for these positions will be picked by some 1,500 divisional delegates.
Samy also called upon the MIC leaders to explain issues on certain assets, mainly the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) and AIMST University.
“These assets amount to about RM1.2 billion. I challenge the leaders to clarify the ownership of these assets.
“We want to know if they belong to MIC or retired politicians. I expect the leaders to explain with proof of course,” he said.