PUTRAJAYA – The MIC 2009 Central Working Committee (CWC) is to abide by the directive of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and solve the party crisis, party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today.
“We will move through with what was conveyed to us by the RoS to take the party forward,” he said.
The RoS has directed the MIC to hold fresh polls for all elected posts between April and July this year. It also wants the party to clean up its voters’ list and branches established in 2012 as they were the only ones valid for the fresh elections. The RoS had nullified the party elections held in 2013 following complaints of irregularities.
Dr Subramaniam, who is the health minister, was asked by reporters if the CWC could meet and call for an emergency general meeting of the party without the presence of party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
Palanivel had said that he wanted to take the RoS to court over the nullification of the 2013 party elections.
Dr Subramaniam, who had earlier launched the MyNutriDiari application at the ministry, said the CWC could convene meetings and was empowered to make decisions as long as there was a quorum.
He stressed that the MIC crisis should be solved as soon as possible so that the party could move forward and focus on helping the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.
He also said that Palanivel’s move to challenge the RoS decision in court was a waste of time as it would destabilise and weaken the party, and indirectly affect the BN.
“The delayed and prolonged process is an agony, and 2017, 2018 is not far away. We need MIC to be active in many places. We need to resolve it as soon as possible and if we delay it, and resolve it in the end of 2016/2017, it is going to be a big bang on MIC and affect us tremendously,” he said.
Asked if the CWC was going to call for an EGM, Dr Subramaniam said an EGM was an option but he had no power to call for the meeting according to the MIC constitution.
“The constitution says only division chairmen or the CWC can call for an EGM. It is up to them,” he said. The party constitution says the quorum is 15 division chairmen or CWC members.
Asked about Palanivel disagreeing to the proposed BN secretariat to help solve the crisis in the party, Dr Subramaniam said the secretariat was merely to act as a facilitator and not to run the whole elections.
“I was told the whole aim is for the BN to help the party to solve the issue and not to interfere in running the party or elections.
“The power has been given to the 2009 CWC to run the elections. The CWC will do the branch listing and so on,” he said.
Yesterday, Palanivel expressed disagreement with a BN proposal to set up a secretariat to help solve the crisis in the party, describing the proposal as very disturbing.
The BN secretariat proposal came up at a meeting yesterday among BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, BN deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Dr Subramaniam. Palanivel did not attend the meeting.
Tengku Adnan said today the BN secretariat was just a proposal and it was left to the MIC to accept or reject it.
He said there was no question of the BN wanting to intervene in the affairs of the MIC.
“We only made a proposal. It is up to them. We only wanted to facilitate (to resolve the crisis) and not interfere in the affairs of MIC. We have no interest at all to take over the running of the MIC,” he told reporters after handing over premise licences to budget hotel operators in Kuala Lumpur.
Tengku Adnan said that if the MIC did not want to accept the BN proposal, then it would have to abide by the decision of the RoS on fresh elections. – BERNAMA