Thursday, 22 January 2015

Newly appointed MIC secretary-general Datuk G. Kumaar Aamaan began his lone hunger strike on Thursday outside the Registrar of Societies' (RoS) office in Chancery Building

Published: Thursday January 22, 2015 MYT 4:29:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 22, 2015 MYT 5:40:28 PM

MIC sec-gen goes on hunger strike ‘until last breath’

G. Kumaar (centre) flanked by Sivasubramaniam (left) and Rajasekaran.
G. Kumaar (centre) flanked by Sivasubramaniam (left) and Rajasekaran.
PUTRAJAYA: Newly appointed MIC secretary-general Datuk G. Kumaar Aamaan began his lone hunger strike on Thursday outside the Registrar of Societies' (RoS) office in Chancery Building, saying he would do so "until the last breath", to protest the body's decision to invalidate his post.
G. Kumaar, who was reserved and flanked by supporters from party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel's camp, said he would sleep outside the RoS building at Jalan Diplomatik 2 and drink only water. 
He would continue to do so until the Home Ministry, whom he had presented a memorandum to earlier, removed the director-general of the RoS and other officers in charged of the MIC re-election investigation.
"I am doing this for the Indian community and I will fast until my last breath if I have to," said the new secretary-general, who declined to speak more until his fast ends.
G. Kumaar was accompanied by MIC central working committee (CWC) member K.P Samy, MIC information chief L. Sivasubramaniam and party lawyer T. Rajasekaran.
The group had earlier visited the office of the ROS, hoping to meet the director-general to discuss about the invalidation of the party's secretary-general and CWC posts, before the stipulated 90-day period for re-election.
They claimed they had waited for 10 minutes but were not entertained by RoS officers.
On Dec 5, the RoS had nullified the elections for the party’s three vice-president and 23 CWC posts held during its general assembly in November 2013 and recommended fresh polls within 90 days.
G. Kumaar said the RoS officer in charge of the investigations had agreed to meet him twice but cancelled it at the last minute.
Palanivel had announced G. Kumaar's appointment as secretary-general early this month, along with other key appointments.
However, his appointment came under objection from members of the opposing faction in MIC, who claimed it was against the party’s constitution.
According to the party constitution, the secretary-general must be a member of the CWC. But as the CWC had been deemed invalid by the RoS, they said the secretary-general could not be selected from that group.

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