‘MIC must tread cautiously’
‘MIC must tread cautiously’
PETALING JAYA: AS MIC pushes ahead with its demand for the Perak speaker’s post, it has been urged to tread cautiously as the outcome could turn disastrous for the party.
While party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has not relented in his offensive in trying to secure the position for the party, others have called on him to stand down.
In joining the fray, MIC’s strategy bureau chief S. Vell Paari said the party should be careful and not act in haste by rejecting any position in the Perak government in retaliation if the state government decided not to appoint a speaker from the party.
He said the party was not “economically sound” like the MCA.
“MIC is not MCA. MCA can afford to take such a stand because the Chinese community is economically sound and has various NGOs that are financially wellstructured to help the community,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“To be frank, the speaker’s position only benefits the person appointed, and not the community.
“The Perak government is already giving MIC a special adviser’s post with exco member status despite it not winning any state seat. We also have a special officer in the menteri besar’s office.
“On top of this, we have two MIC councillors at the district level. If we do not accept these positions, then the state government will appoint someone else outside of MIC.
“It’ll be something similar to the appointment of Waythamoorthy.
“My feeling is simple… if we want to make a stand then it must be for the good of the community and not to be seen as an egoistical exercise.”
He said such major decisions should only be decided at an MIC extraordinary general meeting.
Vell Paari is the son of former MIC chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and, of late, he had been issuing statements critical of some of the party decisions.
Although some of his statements have put him at odds with party leaders, he is seen as having the support of many party members and the Indian community.
Last Saturday, Palanivel made an issue of the speaker’s post being denied to the MIC which, he said, rightfully belonged to the party.
He warned if the situation was not remedied, “MIC will remain BN friendly in Perak but will not take up any positions, including councillors, as a sign of protest”.
However, Palanivel denied he was threatening the Perak BN government over the speaker’s post, saying MIC was merely requesting something that already belonged to the party.
In a statement, he said it was wrong to label his party’s ultimatum a threat as the post was given to the MIC when BN captured Perak after the 2009 power tussle with Pakatan Rakyat.
“We are not threatening anyone. We are just asking for what belongs to us. We are denied what was ours before the election,” he said.
Palanivel was responding to state BN Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, who reportedly hit out at MIC on the issue.
He said the Indian community had given much of its support to BN’s candidates in the recent general election and helped them to retain the state.
“When the Opposition was ruling, we had an Indian speaker. When BN took over, an Indian speaker was appointed,” he said.