KUALA LUMPUR, 8 June 2009: After an unsuccessful bitter battle with Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu for the MIC presidency last March, former party vice-president Datuk M Muthupalaniappan has decided to make peace with the MIC supremo.
Muthu has also called on Samy Vellu to continue leading the MIC.
“On the request of many people at all levels who are genuinely interested in the well-being of the Indian [Malaysian] community, I and Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu had a fruitful heart-to-heart discussion for an hour [last week],” Muthu said in a statement here today.
He said his desire to mend ties with the MIC president was to find ways to revitalise and strengthen the MIC and to make it a relevant party again for the Indian Malaysians in the country.
Samy Vellu (Pic courtesy of theSun) Muthu lost in his bid to challenge Samy Vellu for the party’s number one post last March after he failed to secure the minimum number of nominations.
While admitting that “some people” would not be happy with his decision to join hands with Samy Vellu, Muthu said it was for the good of the party and the betterment of the community.
“Knowing the prevailing conditions in the MIC and the situation in the Indian [Malaysian] community, and knowing all the present leaders in the CWC (Central Working Committee), I feel that Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu is the right person to continue to lead the Indian [Malaysian] community by way of collective responsibility,” he said.
Muthu said he had enjoyed a good relationship with the MIC leadership, but due to circumstances and the leaders being jealous of him, the relationship deteriorated to the extent that his presence was not welcome.
Following his peace initiative with Samy Vellu, Muthu proposed that the party make changes to become more relevant and acceptable to the Indian Malaysian community.
Attributing the community’s loss of confidence in the party to the failure of most of the leaders in their duties, he called on them and the members to put aside their differences and work to earn the respect of the Indian Malaysian community.
He also suggested that all the defunct MIC branches be revived, and expelled or suspended leaders be reinstated. — Bernama