Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam has put on the boxing gloves and waiting at the ringside for his opponent – the fight is on for him as his patience faded as time passes by and MIC ‘s future hangs in the balance.
His opponent, supposedly to be waiting in the ring but nowhere around as of now, is none other than the party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, who had ignored and sidelined him at a time when collective decisions were crucial to the party’s survival.
This time, the party deputy president Subramaniam is ready to take on Palanivel – all in the name to safe the party from being de-registered – if the party lapses in fulfilling the Registrar of Societies (RoS) directives.
After several months of silent and playing the role of ‘Mr Cool’, Subramaniam finally open up saying he had actually being shunned by Palanivel despite his efforts to meet and discuss party matters.
Palanivel had acted on his own by appointing new secretary-general and director of strategy as well as appointing a lawyer unknown to Subramaniam and to other party leaders to handle the party’s case with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
In short, Palanivel had acted on his own all this while although Subramaniam had made himself available and in fact, waiting to be called for discussions to steer the party’s path.
It looks as though Palanivel is trying to get out of Samy’s shadow which he indeed had done but the problem is he does not have anything new to offer to party leaders and members, particularly charting a new agenda for the party.
It is said that he wanted the fresh election for central working committeee (CWC) so that he could place his own people that could make his leadership easier where he could plan the party’s future without obstacles or more importantly without objections.
However, the party president had been ‘missing in action’ whenever things went wrong either at his parliamentary constituency of Cameron Highlands or the party had agitated party members and leaders.
It is not that his presence would change things but party leaders and members would expect him to be around when he is needed – a show of a charismatic leadership – since MIC is president-centric where even the deputy president cannot make any statements on party matters without prior approval from the president.
With such power, Palanivel is obviously being sought for every matters regarding the party and his absence particularly on matters with the RoS is crucial to keep members informed.
And Subramaniam is not alone in his fight now because behind him is not just those party members and leaders who Palanivel termed as ‘dissatisfied losers’ but more powerful is the backing of former party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
Samy had not interfered in party matters since he relinquished his post in October 2010 but he jump on the band wagon when the appointed party secretary-general barred party members and leaders from using the party headquarters to hold press conferences against party president and the party.
With Subramaniam waiting at one corner of the ring well prepared, it is now Palanivel’s move to either have a head-on or smooth talk Subramaniam to have the fight in a secret venue – away from members watchful eyes – particularly Samy.
And for Palanivel, engaging Subramaniam in a straight fight now is like fighting Samy, the man who had groomed and put him as party president.
But then again, Palanivel had already probably slighted Samy when he dropped his son Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari from the post of strategic director.
Now everybody waits whether Palanivel would enter the ring or buy more time so that the fight will not start and frustrates Subramaniam.MYNEWSHUB