PETALING JAYA - MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has rejected a proposal for a Barisan Nasional secretariat to intervene and clean up the party, adding that he will not allow a "third party" to run MIC.
He said MIC has its own constitution and by-laws, which allow the party to conduct elections, thus any other course of action as proposed will be "illegal, null and void".
"Barisan Nasional has no jurisdiction whatsoever to take over the administration or conduct of the party elections.
"This is in direct contradiction to the provisions of the MIC constitution as well as the Societies Act, 1966.
"Though MIC is a component party within Barisan, MIC is still a political party in its own right and governed by the party's constitution.
"Barisan should respect the MIC constitution," said Palanivel in a strongly worded statement yesterday.
He added that he owed it to the MIC grassroots and leaders to not allow this "grave act of injustice to take place".
Palanivel clarified that he could not attend the meeting called by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday morning as he had to rush his wife Datin Seri Kanagam Palanivel to hospital. He said he had asked Datuk S. Sothinathan to represent him but he was not allowed into the meeting.
"Only the deputy president (Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam) met Najib. Sothinathan was only informed of the proposals but it looks more like the decision was made at the meeting and later announced by Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor after their meeting with Dr Subramaniam," said Palanivel.
He also criticised Dr Subramaniam for agreeing to let a "third party" run MIC without Palanivel's presence.
Palanivel reiterated his stand made last Saturday that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) has no powers to act or give directives, adding that RoS officers had "no business" to attend a meeting called by the 2009 interim central working committee (CWC) members last Friday.
He said given the current situation, he had instructed his lawyers to go ahead with the suit against RoS.
Palanivel had threatened to sue RoS if it did not retract the directives to the party over the disputed 2013 polls and accept his proposals to resolve the problems.