KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam emerged as the 9th MIC president as he won the position, after he had won the post uncontested, at the party’s presidential elections here, yesterday.
MIC election committee chairman Datuk B. Sahadevan confirmed this outside the MIC headquarters here, after the nomination process ended at 6.30pm.
“Subramaniam received 450 nominations from 2,700 branch chairmen.
“This translates to about 95% of the branches in the party,” he said.
The election for the division level will be held in September.
The re-election happened after the Registrar of Societies had instructed MIC to hold its elections in December.
Subramaniam was later mobbed and garlanded by his supporters who were present at the event
Former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was also present when the announcement was made at a specially erected tent beside the MIC building.
During a nomination period at around 4.30pm, earlier, a ruckus between supporters of former party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, and supporters of Subramaniam, occurred outside the headquarters.
Stones, bottles and pieces of wood were thrown resulting in the injuries of several people, including a Tamil daily sub-editor.
Police intervened and Palanivel’s supporters left the scene at about 5pm.
In his speech to his supporters, Subramaniam thanked the branch chairmen who stood by him, adding that the party’s struggle of over 20 months since party elections in 2013, have been solved.
“Today, (the election) is done according to law and party constitution,” he said.
He noted that action will be taken against those who had created trouble.
“We have to change the fate of the Indian community,” he said.
Subramaniam also said he would start preparing the party, from the grassroots level, for the upcoming 14th General Elections. – The Sun