GEORGE TOWN - MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam says there is an absolute need to discuss and resolve issues concerning the party.
"There are issues. If not, why did the people go to the Registrar of Societies (RoS)? And if there were no issues, why did the RoS give a letter?
"There is a need to sit down and maybe set aside whatever that is in the past, recognise the people who have issues and look into how we can solve them.
"I think that will be the way forward," he said after visiting the Penang Hospital yesterday.
The RoS had on Dec 5 nullified the elections for the three vice-presidents and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) posts held during the MIC general assembly last year.
It recommended that MIC hold fresh elections for these posts after it found irregularities and breach of the party's constitution and Societies Act.
Dr Subramaniam, who is the Health Minister, said MIC could not afford to have long-term bickering, feuds and infighting.
"The party has weakened over the years. The longer we delay the solution, the more damage will befall the party.
"The party may face a major fallout in 2018 if members do not put their act together," he said.
Dr Subramaniam said party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel and him were heading a committee, consisting of the other MIC top brass and those who made complaints to the RoS.
"We are now waiting for the president to call for a meeting to address the challenges in the party.
"This will be the start to move the party forward," he said.
Dr Subramaniam welcomed the proposal for the party's state leaders to be elected.
"The proposal is good for the party to look at greater democratisation in the MIC. At the moment, all branch, division and national leaders in the MIC are elected. Only the state leaders are appointed.
"A committee is working on how can we have the state leadership elected," he said.
Dr Subramaniam added that the democratisation process would give the leaders a greater mandate and make the party stronger.