Subramaniam: Vetting process in place, arrest of MIC member beyond party's control

C. Premananthini

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramanian said MIC has always carried out a stringent vetting process before recruiting any new members into its party.

However, when an ex-MIC Youth chief along with 28 others, were charged with allegedly being members of an organised crime group called Gang 360 Devan, Dr Subramanian had said that incidences such as these were beyond the party’s control.

The MIC president declined to comment further when asked of the party’s next course of action.

It was reported yesterday that Datuk M. Kalai Arasu was charged in court with 28 others under Section 130V (I) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 20 years’ jail sentence upon conviction, for alleged involvement as Gang 360 Devan members.

Meanwhile, MIC vice-president Datuk T. Mohan said under the party’s constitution, it clearly states that action will be taken against any members involved in any criminal or illegal activities and has been proven to have done so.

“However, the party cannot be held responsible if there are such allegations because no one knows what the other is involved with. It is not within our control, the identity of someone.

“This does not (only) apply to MIC but (to) any parties in Malaysia,” he said when contacted by the New Straits Times.

Moving forward, Dr Subramanian said the party has kick-start their election machinery works for coming 14th general election.

“Today in the supreme council meeting we will be discussing about the party’s preparation of the 14th General Election. In the last two meetings, we have started our machinery works.

“I have also visited some of the constituencies in Kedah, Penang, Malacca and Johor to check on the effectiveness of its election machinery.

“During this period we will be focusing on the registration of new voters and I hope we can finish it by the end of this month.

“MIC must regain the Indian community’s trust and confidence,” he said at a press conference before commencing the MIC supreme council meeting today.

He had also announced that 10 one-stop centres will be set up under the Special Indian Task Force, where a variety of educational programmes will be conducted.

Among the states involved are Johor, Selangor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Penang and Kedah.