In attempt to cling on to power a Barisan Nasional leader removed challenger from party.

The expulsion of Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, who was planning to challenge Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for the party presidency effectively mean Samy Vellu will be re-elected unopposed.

He has been leading the party since 1979, will be re-elected MIC president for an 11th term in March. Malaysiainsider reporting:

“I am shocked and saddened,” Muthupalaniappan told The Malaysian Insider when contacted today. “This is a farce, a great injustice to the MIC and the Indian community.muthugif

“This script (my expulsion) was written by Samy Vellu and executed by Vadiveloo (MIC disciplinary committee chairman Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo). He wanted me removed and I was removed,” Muthupalaniappan said.

“I am consulting my lawyers now and will issue a detailed statement later,” he said.

A letter signed by Vadiveloo and dated Jan 21 brought the bad news to Muthupalaniappan, a veteran MIC man who had always said “I will live or die with the MIC.”

Malaysiainsider predicted, Muthupalaniappan likely to join PKR and take thousands of MIC members into the opposition.

“He is wildly popular and his expulsion does a great deal of damage to the MIC and the Indian community,” said K.P. Samy, a Klang MIC leader who is close to former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam.

Samy Vellu’s term as president expires on May 25 and the party has to issue notices for an election three months before that.