Malaysian Indian Congress postpones internal elections

The MIC has postponed polls in view of the forthcoming General Elections.

Kuala Lumpur: In view of the forthcoming General Elections, the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), country`s largest ethnic Indian political party, has postponed all the internal party polls which were scheduled for 2012.

MIC president G Palanivel said the decision was taken at the party`s Central Working Committee (CWC) four-hour meeting at the MIC headquarters here yesterday.

The move comes as all the other political parties like the coalition partners United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) and the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) have also decided to focus on the coming elections, which many experts feel could be announced earlier.

The Opposition DAP party too has postponed party polls.

Meanwhile, MIC`s S Vel Paari, the son of former party president S Samy Vellu, has been appointed as party publicity and media relations bureau chief.

Vellu, who served as president for a record 11 times, resigned last December after being at the helm of MIC for more than three decades.

MIC party elections are held every three years, with branch elections in February and March, divisional elections in April and the elections for national posts, except for the president`s post, during the General Assembly in August.

After Vellu`s resignation, Palanivel was elevated to the president`s post and Subramaniam became deputy president.

Palanivel was elected deputy president while Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam was elected vice president in September 2009 party polls.

Their term completes in 2012.

The Presidential Election has to be called before May 2012 while the election for the deputy president, three vice presidents and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) members is scheduled at next year`s party general assembly.

However, under the MIC constitution, the CWC has the powers to postpone party elections.