Malaysian Indian Congress to face lawsuit against president

KUALA LUMPUR -The MIC is ready to face the lawsuit against its president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who says the legal hurdle would not divert the party's focus on serving the Indian community.

Dr Subramaniam said the Registrar of Societies' (RoS) decision on who was the lawful party president was based on facts obtained after thorough investigations.

"As far as I am concerned, the community comes first. Others started it so we are forced to face it," said Dr Subramaniam after the party's central working committee meeting (CWC) yesterday.

Former MIC strategic director A.K. Ramalingam and seven others filed a lawsuit on Feb 5 against Dr Subramaniam and seven others over an alleged conspiracy to topple Datuk Seri G. Palanivel as president.

The other defendants are Datuk S. Vigneswaran, Datuk Jaspal Singh, Datuk T. Mohan, A. Sakthivel, A. Vasanthi, RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah and one Akmal Yahya.

Former MIC treasurer-general Datuk R. Ramanan claimed the suit was filed because they wanted to expose Dr Subramaniam as a fraud, and how he had misled the RoS during the party leadership crisis.

MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh said the claims by Ramanan had no substance, adding it was more of a personal agenda.

On the cases of husbands in a civil marriage converting to Islam, Dr Subramaniam said the party would work with all agencies and groups to seek a holistic solution.

He said he had sent his views to the Attorney-General and further discussions would be held to ensure the matter could be resolved.

On party matters, Dr Subrama­niam said the CWC had decided that MIC would open 500 new branches over the next six months and give opportunities to young graduates to take up posts as division leaders.