KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17, 2015:
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s suggestion for a Barisan Nasional secretariat to administer MIC was not intended to interfere in the party’s affairs but to resolve its current woes.
The BN secretary-general had mooted the idea yesterday to end the on-going leadership crisis which is rocking the Indian-based party.
Khairy Jamaluddin said MIC party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel should be aware that while the ruling coalition respected and understood the internal problems, the decision was necessary as it was a BN component party.
Khairy, who is also the BN Youth chairman, explained that this was why chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the secretary-general came up with the suggestion.
“BN has no interest to interfere with Palanivel, Subramaniam or any internal MIC conflict, but if this is not resolved, it only means that BN is in trouble,” he told a press conference today, referring to MIC’s deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
Khairy added that as party president, Palanivel should not try to challenge the Registrar of Societies (RoS) over its order for re-elections.
The Rembau lawmaker said that such a move was a declaration of an open war and did not reflect good leadership.
“We do not want to have conflicts and disputes over the decision by the RoS and let this crisis prolong further.”
Yesterday, Palanivel instructed his lawyers to file court papers against the RoS.
It was reported that Tengku Adnan had announced the proposal for a secretariat, comprising BN component parties, to be formed to run MIC pending fresh elections.
Dr Subramaniam had agreed to the secretariat being set up to act as a facilitator, with the 2009 MIC Central Working Committee running the actual re-election.