PETALING JAYA: For Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, his political career looks gloomy as he ‘clutches on drifting branches that pass by’ on the mainstream political scenario to stay afloat given his volatile position at present.
He has gone beyond the norm, crossing the border of decency in an organisation where he blamed Barisan Nasional (BN) chief who is also Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the mess in MIC.
Never one who admit making mistakes, Palanivel had told a gathering of some 3,000 audience, allegedly to be party members at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Saturday that Najib had wanted the party to follow the advice of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for a re-election following prove found that the 2013 party polls had allowed phantom voters.
Palanivel was said to have followed the advice of his loyal followers to put the blame on Najib with the purported assumption that the people who included the Indian masses were against the Prime Minister following the onslaught conducted by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the opposition on him.
The advisers had thought that Palanivel would have the support of the Indians by jumping on the bandwagon which seemingly to be gaining momentum against Najib and his administration.
Whether Palanivel is now an MIC member or not following the party central working committee (CWC) decision to expel him for taking party matters to court, Palanivel found himself under attack from his Cabinet colleagues as well as leaders of other parties in the coalition after his action.
His character can be consider as unbecoming when he started blaming others for his own weaknesses which he does not want to admit given the missing leadership capabilities in him.
MIC has been a party that has all along champion the Indians in all aspect of life although there have been failures, the normal ups and downs in the struggle to uplift the community.
The party has had seven presidents before Palanivel – John A Thivy (1946 – 1947), Budah Singh (1947 – 1950), K. Ramanathan (1050 – 1951), K. L. Devaser (1951 – 1955), Tun V. T. Sambanthan (1955-1973), Tan Sri Manickavasagam (1973 -1979) and Datuk Seri S. Damy Vellu (1979 -2010) – and none had ever blamed the coalition’s chairman for any problems within the party.
He is now in a very awkward situation – he is a minister by virtue of being MIC president where his boss is Najib, his position in the party is in question because the CWC had expel him but he insisted he is still the president and that he has not or rather ‘shameful’ to meet up with other leaders in the party such as his deputy Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam to talk things over.
Right now he has to take stock of his position – is he still MIC president after his own CWC threw him out of the party, secondly is that whether he considers himself to still be a minister in the Cabinet of Najib whom he had just blamed for the mess he created in the party and thirdly whether still considers himself an MP for Cameron Highlands where he seems to have ignored the constituency for a long time.
The mess he is in now reflected his lack of direction not only for the party but most importantly is for himself as he fumbles from one mistake to another – failure to response quickly when members complaint about phantom voters at end of 2013, failure to even sit down and discuss matters with his deputy and other leaders in the party when complainants lodged reports with RoS, failure to adhere to the settlement which he agreed and signed with Najib, taking party matters to the court despite knowing it is an offence under the party constitution as well as failure to solve the problems faced by Cameron Highlands voters.
Given such a backdrop, Palanivel is a quandary – how is he going to face his boss Najib on Wednesday for the weekly Cabinet meeting when he had just blamed his boss for the mess he had created.
After all, Najib had appointed him Minister because he heads the MIC and Najib had given him a free hand to handle the Indian community’s welfare and on Wednesday, what will Palanivel tell Najib why he put the blame on his boss.