KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29, 2015:

MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam needs time to solve the current party issues that have crept up again.

Special envoy to India and South Asia for Infrastructure Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Dr Subramaniam was trying to work and do whatever he could as party president.

He was referring to the new spat between Dr Subramaniam and former MIC treasurer-general Datuk R. Ramanan, who is backing former president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

Samy said he didn’t feel the spat will last long.

“On one side you have the former president and the other you have the current president. But I do not think the issues between them will last too long.

“In three to four weeks it should be settled.

“It won’t happen immediately. People have to cool down. The more they cool down, the quicker peace comes to you.”

Samy Vellu said this when met by reporters after announcing the project “Regasification and Floating Storage Terminal with Associated Facilities in Krishnapatnam Port, Andhra Pradesh, India”.

When first pressed to comment on the issues swarming the party, Samy said that he had never taken sides in the current infighting in the party.

“I have been out of politics for six years and it’s better I don’t open my mouth.

“I’ve never said who is wrong or right and it seems I need to seal my mouth with tape now.”

He said he took over the presidency of the party with a “similar situation like the party was in now”.

” I planned and sat with all the state and branch chairman. I talked to them and I made them important.

“The most important thing in politics is to think the next man is more important than you. Then you get better support from the people.”

When asked what he thought about Ramanan, he said while he knew him personally, he did not want to make any comment.

When asked if it was time for MIC to stop the infighting now that the court had decided on disputed matters, Samy said “this is the problem with democracy”.

“When you are in a democratic world, you talk and do anything and it finally is called ‘my fundamental right’.”

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