Subramaniam should have been Malaysian Indian Congress party president instead of Samy Vellu had former vice president Govindaraj told the truth then according Malay mail.
Govindaraj, 76, an elder statesman of the Indian community who broke his silence to Malay Mail, said he acted “on the spur of the moment” and was “not instigated by anyone”.
The former MIC vice-president said he was speaking up after all these years because he wished to make peace with himself and let everyone know what happened on that polling day in 1977.
“I am the one who stole 30 votes that delegates had cast for Subramaniam.
“I really did not plan it… it was on the spur of the moment when I took a stack of three bundles of 10 votes each and put them in my pocket.”
However, he said, he apologised to Subramaniam and the late Datuk K. Pathmanaban on the same day and both of them “forgave me”.
“Although he was magnanimous and forgave me I still want to go on record and say ‘Subra, I am really sorry’ because he would have been president after Tan Sri Manickavasagam’s death and not Samy Vellu.”
Govindaraj said he had also informed Samy Vellu, whom he backed for the deputy presidency, of the incident as well.
Samy Vellu could not be reached for confirmation.
When contacted, Subramaniam acknowledged that Govindaraj confessed to him and Pathmanaban that he stole the votes to allow Samy Vellu to win.
”We are still friends. I forgave him a long time ago… I do not think about it or wallow over the misfortune I suffered,” he said.
Subramaniam, then the secretary-general of MIC, was hand-picked by Manickavasagam to become deputy president and succeed him.