KUALA LUMPUR, 23 March 2009: Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, who retained the MIC presidency for the 11th consecutive term yesterday, has been asked to make public his succession plan for the party top leadership.
MIC Youth advisor S Ramis said making public the plan would ensure the clear direction to be taken by the party after Samy Vellu.
At the close of the MIC presidential nomination yesterday, Samy Vellu was crowned president after his intended contender Datuk M Muthupalaniappan had 90% of his nominations disqualified by the election steering committee for failing to adhere to the party constitution and the MIC presidential election by-laws.
In his victory speech, Samy Vellu, who has been at helm of the party since 1979, said this would be his last term.
“If this is his last term, then it is only right that he announces who he wants to succeed him. This would provide a clear direction for the party in these trying times,” Ramis told Bernama when contacted.
Asked who would be the suitable leader to succeed the long-serving president, he said there were “a lot of leaders in the party who can take over”. — Bernama