Former MIC vice president offers to unite Malay Indians

May 5th, 2009 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI  

S. Samy Vellu Kuala Lumpur, May 5 (ANI): Former Malaysian Indian Congress vice-president M. Muthupalaniappan, who was elected a delegate to the party general assembly in September, has offered to revitalise and unite the MIC in Negri Sembilan.

He said Negri Sembilan minister Mohamad Hassan had asked him to help forge unity among the Indians.

“I will initiate a meeting among political leaders and non-governmental organisations to thrash out problems and issues in the state,” said the delegate from the Seremban MIC division.

Muthupalaniappan, who failed to secure enough nominations to challenge S. Samy Vellu for the president’s post in March, managed to come out sixth with 106 votes to win a delegate’s post among 50 contestants.

The former state executive member said Indians must unite and support the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, The Star reported.

He added that he does not want to have “fights” with Samy Vellu, but preferred to set aside differences and focus on the state as well as to ensure the Indians are united under the MIC.

“I hope Samy Vellu would initiate a meeting with veterans like G. Pasamanickam, Datuk V. Govindaraj and K. Kumaran for a frank and friendly discussion on the community,” he said.

Muthupalaniappan also said that he had not made any decision to contest for a national-level post although he is eligible.

Under the party constitution, a person has to be elected as a delegate to be eligible to file nominations for the posts of deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 central working committees (CWC). (ANI)

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