Malaysian Indian Congress calls emergency party me



Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's largest ethnic Indian-based political party has called for an emergency meeting of its core committee to discuss party presidential polls, amid reports that MIC may face de-registration.

Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president G Palanivel said the meeting has been scheduled for June 18 at the party headquarters here.

The meeting has been called after MIC strategic director S Vell Paari requested secretary-general A Saktivel to convene the meeting to discuss the issue of party polls.

"I have asked for the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting not with any personal agenda but with an urgent need to save the party from getting entangled in a legal mess," Vell Paari said, adding he was concerned over reports that the party might face de-registration following a complaint made by a branch office chairman S Padmanagan to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

"This is a dangerous issue which must not build momentum. I believe it is time for all party members to forget individual differences and unite to save the MIC from any such problems," he said.

The elections in the branch, division, presidential and national post which were scheduled for last year were postponed by the CWC to concentrate on the general elections.

But in a recent CWC meeting, it was decided that the elections would be held next year which resulted in the complaint to ROS.

Two former secretary-generals G Vadiveloo and DP Vijandran had also said that the party should have the polls this year to avoid unnecessary problems for the party.

Vell Paari said the MIC has come under some criticism and it was up to the party to find the strength and courage to re-energise and redirect the party to meet current challenges.

"We should be brave and honest to admit mistakes and show we have the ability to regain the trust of the ethnic Indian community and the nation with positive and meaningful action," he said.

"It is the sacrifices and hard work of the earlier generation of leaders and members of MIC that fought to build and handed over to us the current generation, this great and structured party called MIC.

"It's now our duty, the current generation, to protect and build MIC to hand over to our next generation," Vell Paari, whose father Samy Vellu was the MIC chief 30 years before he stepped down, said.

Ethnic Indians form 8 per cent of Malaysia's 29 million people. The MIC is an important component of the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional party.

PTI