Samy Vellu told to name successor to curb infighting

March 24th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS  

S. Samy Vellu Kuala Lumpur, March 24 (IANS) Malaysian Indian Congress president S. Samy Vellu, who retained his post for the 11th term last Sunday has been urged to name his successor to prevent infighting.
Vellu, whose successor will contest the party deputy president’s post, has said that he would not seek re-election.

“We hope Samy Vellu will choose someone who is new, young, vibrant and capable of leading the party,” MIC national youth advisory council chief S. Ramis said Monday.

This would also ensure a smooth transition in the party leadership, Ramis told The Star.

Vice-president S. Sothinathan; secretary-general S. Subramaniam who is human resources minister; and deputy ministers Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan should be among the new deputies, Ramis said.

Elections for the deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 central working committee members will be held at the MIC general assembly in September.

MIC, Malaysia’s oldest party that speaks for the two million-plus Indian diaspora, has witnessed dissensions, especially after it fared badly in the general elections in March last year.

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