MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu said Tuesday the delegate who made a disparaging remark against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the MIC general assembly last Sunday has been suspended pending further action by the party’s disciplinary committee.

Samy Vellu

Samy Vellu

“I have decided to use the powers vested in me as president under the MIC constitution to suspend the delegate,” he said in a statement here.

He said he had discussed the matter with other senior MIC leaders, and they agreed that a suspension was necessary for now.

He said the disciplinary committee would make recommendations to the party’s Central Working Committee on any further action to be taken against the delegate.

Samy Vellu hoped that with the decision to suspend the delegate, the issue would be settled.

However, he did not revealed the identity of the delegate.

Meanwhile, MIC vice-president Datuk Dr. S.Subramaniam, in supporting the suspension, said none of the party leaders condoned the delegate’s action.

“Although the delegate was upset with what appeared to be Tun Dr Mahathir’s direct interference to determine the results of the (MIC) elections, they all (the MIC leaders) felt upset with the delegate for making such a statement which is against the fundamental basis of Indian culture,” he said.

Dr Subramaniam, who is Human Resources Minister, said the party would ensure that appropriate action was taken against the delegate.

“It must also be noted that the delegates who spoke after him condemned his (the delegate’s) suggestion and told him that it was contrary to the Indian civility,’ he said.

— BERNAMA