Datuk Seri G. Palanivel is now in a limbo – he is no longer an MIC member as he had brought party affairs to court which contravene the party constitution, if the constitution is to be taken into account.
He has been expelled by the party central working committee (CWC) for taking party matters to court, as stipulated under the party constitution.
While his has lost his position in the party if the CWC’s decision is to be taken as lawful, his ministerial post is now under question.
Depending on Prime Minister who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak view and decision, Palanivel’s political future hangs on a very loose rope.
Under normal circumstances, a minister is pick based on the person’s position in a party where he represents a party or represents a group such Tan Sri Zainuddin maidin who was made a Senator representing the journalists group and appointed as a minister in the Cabinet and similarly few other appointees.
For Palanivel, he was appointed minister based on him being the president of MIC and now, where he is not even a member of the party, it would be highly unlikely that he would be retained.
Moreover, the MIC problem had been discussed at Prime Minister’s level where Palanivel and deputy president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam had met with Najib and Bn secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor and a decision reached and signed where a fresh election would be held to put the party back in order.
However, Palanivel deviated from the signed agreement and instead challenged the RoS decision with the court which has now put him in a very awkward position.
Palanivel cannot go back Najib for help nor can he run to former party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for advise as he had ignored and angered the three-decade party president with his action since the start of the problem early last year.
While waiting for his appeal to the court’s decision, the party CWC appointed in 2009 and recognised by RoS to prepared for a fresh election, Palanivel is ‘walking the political path ‘directionless and in limbo.’
Palanivel failed in trying to overturn the RoS decision for a fresh election because he knew he has lost influence among party grassroots and has not been able to command support.
Since he took over the party at the end of 2010 from Samy Vellu, Palanivel has been grappling with indecisiveness and losing direction- for himself as well as for the party.
The party, supposedly to defend and protect the Indian community has been practically in domain as the members of the community walk their life under the care of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition led by Umno.
He had not even put on the drawing board how the party could uplift the community’s economic and social standings in a changed political and economic landscape that demands stiff competition.
He had wanted to stay on as president until the party election scheduled for next year but luck ran out for him.
His luck went down last year when party members began complaining of phantom voters in the party 2013 poll which he ignored and crushed under the power of the president.
Dissatisfied, the members reported to RoS which took some nearly one year to determined the truth of the complaints and after discussions with party officials, the RoS decided on a fresh election, which is what exactly the position now.
Given the fact, Palanivel has only hope for the court to be on his side in his appeal which he is about to file anytime now.