Monday, July 28, 2008

MIC leader lashes out at ‘political addicts’ in party

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu lashed out at certain leaders who he said had started campaigning 10 months ahead of the party polls, likening them to “political addicts.”

Comparing himself to them, the former Works Minister who lost his long-held Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in the general election said he had been working tirelessly to regain the Indian community’s support since.

“We lost the election, we lost the support of the Indian community. I sit in the office and work for 10 to 12 hours (daily) trying to bring the community back to us but there are people in the party who only think of positions.

“These people don’t care about the Indian community,” he told reporters after opening the Koperasi Pekerja Jaya annual general meeting yesterday.

Samy Vellu clarified that he had never endorsed anyone for any position at the party polls scheduled next June, when elections for the deputy president, three vice-president’s and 23 central working committee posts will be held.

The MIC presidential elections will be held earlier in March, with Samy Vellu expected to defend his post.

Samy Vellu described it as “bad practice” to campaign for positions without working for the party.

“We should not encourage. I have said before, if anyone thinks they have the support of delegates, they can contest ... nobody is stopping them from contesting.”

“Even if somebody wants to contest for the presidency ... let them contest. It is up to the delegates to decide,” he added.

Samy Vellu , Datuk S. Gopalakrishnan and Tan Sri G. Pasamanickam retained their positions as Koperasi Pekerja Jaya directors while Datuk M. Davendran edged Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan to clinch the fourth directorship.

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