How Important Is This For The Indian Community
Many Indians in Malaysia is not fully aware of the history of MIC president Datuk Sri G.Palanivel. iTimes is proud to bring a brief history of him to its readers.
Datuk Sri Palanivel was born in 1949. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Malaya in 1972, majoring in History. Initially he became a teacher at the Goon Institute in Kuala Lumpur, and then at Maktab Adabi in Kuantan. In the same year as his graduation, he was elected Secretary of Petaling Branch of (MIC), a political party which is part of the ruling coalition. He has been with the party since 1968 where he has joined as member in Jelutong branch in penang when he was only 19. He is serving the community actively since then.
He moved on to become a Research Assistant at the Muzium Negara (National Museum). In 1974, he went back to Penang to join the Consumer Association of Penang. There he rose to the position of Executive Director. His next career move was to join Bernama as a journalist in 1977. There he was elevated to become the Economic News Editor. It was during this period in 1987 he was invited to become a Press Secretary to the Minister of Works who was (and is) also the President of MIC. That set the stage for the crucial take-off in his political carrier. He was chosen as a candidate in the country’s general elections in 1990 and had won every single election as a member of parliament ever since until his loss in 8 March 2008 elections when a tidal wave of voter sentiment against the ruling coalition came to the fore that resulted in the loss of four states out of thirteen to the opposition and in the loss of two-third majority in the Parliament.
Positions in the Government commenced with Palanivel being appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National Unity. He rose further to become the Deputy Minister of Rural Development of Malaysia from 1999 until 2004 when he was made the Deputy Minister of Welfare and Family Development. He continued as the Deputy Minister until his defeat in the March 2008 general elections.
He was appointed as a Senator on May 2010.Currently he is the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He is also the member of Parliament for Cameron Highland. Datuk Seri G. Palanivel became the 8 th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress on 6 December 2010. He rose through rank and file in MIC after he had a long and eventful membership since 1968 while in Penang, his hometown. He took over the helm of leadership from Dato Seri S Samy Vellu in a smooth transition of power.
With his brief history aside, Palanivel’s Hulu Selangor parliament seat was given to P. Kamalanathan in 2010 by election which the later won comfortably. It is said that, Palanivel was given the senatorship based the tradition that MIC president must be seated in parliament. There are some questions raised why, in the last election Palanivel’s constituency was moved to Cameron Highlands. Though he won in the election, he still facing a lot of challenges.
Recently the flash flood happened in Cameron Highland was a double blow for him. He was forced to answer as the parliament representative of the place and also as a minister in charge as environmental minister.
Though the challenges he faced was not planned and the nature is not on his side, he too facing some tough challenges as a party president too. the RoS ordered MIC to hold fresh elections within 90 days for the three vice-president posts and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) members.
It also ordered fresh elections to be held within 60 days for eight divisions Bayan Baru, Bukit Gelugor, Subang, Bandar Baru Kulim, Taiping, Tambun, Sepang and Jasin. Two branches must hold fresh polls within 30 days Merlimau Utara and Rumah Pangsa Pekeliling Selatan.
The RoS also ordered fresh polls to be held within 30 days for Batu Kawan division deputy chairman, Kota Raja division chairman, Tanjung Malim division chairman and Taman Koperasi Polis branch chairman.
The party insider pointed out that MIC had slowly been losing the support of the community since the last election. Everyone is looking forward on the next course of action from Datuk Sri Palanivel.
All this aside, there is campaign called GAP (Gerakan Anti Palanivel) launched by some of the unsatisfied members on his leadership. Why is he facing so many challenges? Can he survive the challenges and succeed as a great leader? Only time can tell us.