Op­pos­ing fac­tions hurl in­sults, bot­tles

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC’s an­nual gen­eral assem­bly yes­ter­day saw the party’s two fac­tions in­volved in a war of words, with water bot­tles and posters be­ing flung at each other at the en­trance of the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre.

Some 1,000 sup­port­ers of ousted party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri G. Palanivel had gath­ered out­side the venue since 8am, call­ing for the re­moval of party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam.

Hun­dreds of po­lice­men from the Light Strike Force unit had to be de­ployed to sep­a­rate the sup­port­ers and pre­vent un­to­ward in­ci­dents.

Both sides were seen shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties and hold­ing provoca­tive posters in sup­port of their re­spec­tive fac­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to for­mer Cen­tral Work­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber A.K. Ra­ma­lingam, who is a Palanivel sup­porter, his group wanted Subra­ma­niam to step down.

“We want to let the prime min­is­ter know we are not in sup­port of Dr Subra­ma­niam.”

He added that Subra­ma­niam had mis­led the party and the Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties over the past two years.

“We are also ques­tion­ing how RM33 mil­lion of the party’s money went miss­ing. The money had been given to the party in 2013,” he said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Ra­ma­lingam said the “Ger­akan An­tiSubra­ma­niam” group will or­gan­ise sev­eral gath­er­ings next month at nine par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies to ex­plain the move­ment to the peo­ple.

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