Apparently rabble rouser S.Ramis has very little influence in MIC – having lost his post as Chairman of his own branch. I have a funny feeling that his statement not to allow Palanivel and Subra to contest was made at the behest of Samy Vellu or Sothinathan.
Read my earlier posting here. I am not a fan of Palanivel, all the leaders in MIC deserve little praise, they contributed to the marginalising of the Indian community and they held on to their posts in MIC to butter their bread and lick the crumbs dished out by UMNO. Or putting it mildly they were lap-dogs to the President and had no gumption to speak up when MIC was heading towards the supremacy of individual people with Samy leading the way.
MIC is irrelevant, now that Samy Vellu leads the party again. For a start the two elections at Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang will prove how the Indians have lost faith in the party.
In the present context of the existing leaders, MIC, once a party held at esteem by Indians will die a natural death.
Palanivel Questions Ramis’ Authority On Suggestion KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (Bernama) — MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel has questioned the authority of the party’s Youth national advisory council chief S. Ramis for suggesting that he (Palanivel) should not defend his post in the party’s elections in September. "Who is Ramis to say, who should stand and who should not? "It’s up to the delegates to nominate people whom they think are capable to lead the party. "(Morover) Ramis is not qualified to make the suggestion as he had lost the chairmanship of his own branch. "As such, he is not even eligible to get elected as a delegate for the party’s general assembly which would eventually elect the deputy president," an irate Palanivel told Bernama today. He was responding to a suggestion by Ramis that he (Palanivel) and former party deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam should not contest the deputy presidency, this time round. Ramis, a lawyer and former state assemblyman from Johor, had instead suggested vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan, secretary-general Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam, who is also human resources minister, and deputy ministers Datuk S. K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan to contest the post. The MIC has just concluded the election of its president, where incumbent Datuk Seri S. Samy Velu was returned for the 11th three-year term as his only opponent, Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, was disqualified because he could not garner the required nominations. The party will now hold the elections for deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 central working committee members at its General Assembly in September. Palanivel said democracy in a political party could not be developed by arranging successors or trying to elect leaders without contest. However, while he fell short of announcing his intention to contest the No. 2 post, Bernama understands he was already busy laying the foundation to defend his post. Meanwhile, party sources said that this time around, the contest would be very intense as the deputy would succeed the aging president who had indicated that this was his last term. Ultimately, it would be Samy Vellu who would decide the winner because the delegates were on his side, the sources added. — BERNAMA