Saturday, April 23, 2011

MIC likely to take back anti-Samy Vellu trio

Palanivel wants to become a friend to everyone

MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel is expected to reinstate three party leaders sacked by his predecessor Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu last year, a move seen as distancing the party from the previous leadership.

It is understood that former central working committee (CWC) members Kumar Aaamaan and KP Samy, and former MIC Youth deputy chief V. Mugilan will be re-admitted into the party when the CWW meets here tonight.

“The meeting will consider a report from the disciplinary committee headed by Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar who will make recommendations based on the appeals,” a party source told The Malaysian Insider.

A source also said the disciplinary committee will recommend all three to be accepted back for the sake of party unity and on the basis that their expulsion was illegitimate.

“There will one or two CWC members who may object but the majority will accept the recommendation for their admission.

“Admitting back members sacked by Samy Vellu is a new approach by Palanivel and this was a promise made to the BN leadership especially Datuk Seri Najib Razak,” he said.

The trio led an anti-Samy Vellu campaign in 2010 to force the veteran leader to resign immediately as party president.

The campaign began when Samy Vellu, who is now a special envoy, announced that he will resign before September 2011 despite objections from party members who wanted him to leave earlier.

The party’s longest-serving president eventually resigned last December 6.

The MIC has reinstated former Petaling Jaya chief V. Subramaniam, who was sacked by Samy Vellu last year.

Palanivel has previously stressed that he was willing to forgive all sacked party members and leaders, and was ready to accept them back.

“I do not want enemies. I want to become a friend to everyone,” he said.

In addition to the three leaders, MIC will also accept a number of party members sacked last year.

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