Kuala Lumpur – If the noble intention of MIC’s leadership is rightly reciprocated, the on-going internal dispute between some factions in MIC may soon come to an end. MIC sources said that the party’s grand-scale 70th anniversary bash scheduled on 6th of August may become the platform for the warring factions to put their differences aside for the sake of the party which gave them everything politically.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is also expected to attend MIC’s 70th anniversary celebrations on the 6th of August at the MAEPS Serdang, at 6 pm. The celebrations were officially launched by MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam yesterday at the MIC Headquarters.
MIC President Dr Subra hoisting the party’s flag at the launching ceremony of 70th anniversary celebrations in MIC headquarters…
MIC was founded in 1946 in Kuala Lumpur and the party’s leadership has planned for extensive 70th year anniversary celebrations. State level celebrations have also been planned.
Will Palanivel return to the fold?
MIC sources said that the highlight of 70th year celebrations is honouring the past Presidents and in their absence their family members. There are only two surviving past Presidents of MIC and they are Datuk Seri Utama Samy Vellu and Datuk Seri G.Palanivel.
Samy Vellu is expected to attend the event, and an invitation has been extended to Palanivel. Both are expected to be honoured by the Prime Minister for their past contributions as MIC Presidents. The invitations cards which are being sent out bears the photographs of all the past Presidents of MIC including that of Palanivel.
However, it is learnt that Palanivel has not confirmed his attendance.
Now, MIC circles are abuzz with talks that Palanivel may attend the 70th year anniversary celebrations and accept the honour awaiting him, thereby bringing to an end his feud with Dr Subra over the leadership tussle in MIC.
Meanwhile, speculations are mounting that former Vice President of MIC Datuk S.Sothinathan has sealed a deal to return back to MIC with his supporters. He had been playing a key role in Palanivel’s faction and chaired a key meeting of leaders of that faction recently. The meeting is said to have given the mandate to Sothinathan to negotiate a deal with MIC President Dr Subra to gracefully return to the party’s fold.
MIC sources said that no official statements are being made by MIC’s leadership on the peace-talks so as not to disrupt the extensive celebrations planned for the party to celebrate its 70th year of inauguration.
The celebrations are expected to give a boost to the party which has single-handedly represented the political aspirations of the Indian community before and after independence.
MIC Sources said there is also a possibility that some key leaders of Palanivel’s faction may attend MIC’s 70th year celebrations on 6th August, irrespective of whether Palanivel attends, thus signalling their consent to return to the party.