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Palanivel Supporters Seeking Clarification Over Source Of RoS Letter Nullifying 2013 MIC Elections

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KUALA LUMPUR: Supporters of former MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel are seeking an explanation from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) over an alleged conspiracy behind the nullification of the party’s 2013 election results.

Former MIC strategic director A.K. Ramalingam claimed on Tuesday that a letter sent by the RoS in January directing MIC to hold re-elections for its branch, division, and national posts, was drafted by a legal representative in the party aligned to current MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He produced copies of an e-mail dated Jan 5, with the draft of the letter included as an attachment, which he claimed was sent by the said legal representative to other MIC leaders in Dr Subra’s camp.

Two of the addresses listed in the e-mail belonged to RoS officials, alleged Ramalingam.

He also claimed the official notice served by the RoS a day later matched the draft word for word, except for the inclusion of a letterhead.

“This is proof that the letter was a deceitful way to remove Palanivel and the legitimately elected 2013 central working committee,” Ramalingam told a press conference, here.

Asked if he considered the RoS to be complicit in Palanivel’s removal as MIC president, Ramalingam said they would be leaving the matter to the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate.

He said more than 1,000 police reports had already been lodged nationwide on the alleged conspiracy, adding that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was made aware of the issue.

“We are not blaming the RoS as a whole, but believe several individuals from the body are involved,” he claimed.

“The e-mail documents we have can be confirmed as authentic as they come from a recipient of the email,” he said.

Following the latest revelation, Ramalingam said the original 2013 CWC members would seek a judicial review to reinstate their positions in MIC, claiming that the RoS directive to hold re-elections were engineered by “power hungry” individuals in the party.

The re-election for all posts in MIC was held after the RoS issued a directive stating that it did not recognise the party’s 2013 election results due to complaints over discrepancies during the polls.

The directive had stated that the party had until end of October to hold the re-elections.

MIC had completed the re-election at branch levels in July and division levels in September. In the election for the president’s post on Aug 21, Dr Subramaniam won uncontested for the 2013-2016 term.

Meanwhile, the contest for the CWC posts concluded on Nov 6, with Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany defeating Datuk M. Saravanan for the deputy president’s post.

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