Factions reject Barisan Nasional proposal

No end in sight: The ‘war’ between the two factions in MIC is set to continue as both Palanivel and Subra rejected BN’s deal.

PETALING JAYA - Just as Barisan Nasional offered a solution to end the "war" between the two factions in MIC, the party president and his deputy rejected the deal and resumed the political fight.

Both the MIC president and his deputy, who have had disagreements over party problems, have rejected the proposal by Barisan to form a secretariat to take over the administration of the party.

"As president of MIC, I am not willing to let third parties (Barisan) to run our beloved party. Though MIC is a component party within Barisan, it is still a political party in its own right and is governed by the party's constitution.

"Barisan should respect the MIC constitution and not take over the administration of MIC as proposed," said Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

Earlier, Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told the media that a Barisan secretariat would be formed to "intervene in the escalating MIC crisis and take over the administration until the re-elections".

He said the secretariat would comprise representatives from non-Indian component parties such as Gerakan and MCA, adding that the coalition had to intervene in the administration because there were clearly two factions within the party refusing to resolve the matter amicably.

MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who attended a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier yesterday, denied that he had agreed to allow Barisan to run MIC in total, claiming that Tengku Adnan had issued a misleading statement.

However, when asked to clarify the matter, Tengku Adnan explained that the coalition had no intention to run MIC as understood by the leaders when the setting up of the Barisan secretariat was proposed.

"The secretariat is meant to help MIC to clean up the party of branches that are declared illegal as directed by the Registrar of Societies (RoS). Our intention is noble. A party within Barisan is facing problems and we just want to help so that the crisis will not escalate.

"Let me stress this - we have no intention of running MIC. I don't know why they think that we want to do so," he told The Star.

Tengku Adnan said Barisan proposed the secretariat as a means to resolve the problem when calling for meetings since both factions did not accept each others' appointment of the secretary-general.

Datuk S. Sothinathan, the secretary-general appointed by Palanivel, said he did not know what Dr Subramaniam agreed to in the meeting with the Prime Minister earlier in the day.

"But what was related to me by Tengku Adnan was that the Barisan secretariat would run MIC. How can we let such a thing happen? It is completely unacceptable for an external secretariat to take over the party. Our party grassroots are extremely disappointed and upset about this," he said.

Central working committee 2009 member Datuk T. Mohan said Barisan can oversee the re-election but rejected the proposal for the secretariat to take over the administration of MIC.

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