Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New head for Penang MIC Youth

BUTTERWORTH: A new person will soon temporarily helm Penang MIC Youth as its head R. Palaniappan, 42, has been directed by the party to step down effective Monday.

Palaniappan, who will be 43 in September, said he would happily pave way for the transition although his second three-year term has been cut short by a year.

“I was appointed to state party Youth chief in 2003 and was reappointed for another three-year term in 2006.

“I will abide by the directive to vacate the post as there are plans to appoint me as an advisor to the state Youth co-ordinator,” he told newsmen yesterday.

Palaniappan is among several Youth leaders who have been directed by the party’s Central Working Committee to vacate their posts since they have reached the age of 41.

Besides Penang, other state leaders affected are from Perlis, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johor.

On Sunday, MIC Youth chief S. A. Vigneswaran quit the party following differences with party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu over the move to force him to vacate his post following the age directive.

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