"I will not stop anyone from contesting the president's post. We are a democratic party. I am elected by popular vote in the past elections as such it is the members who will decide.
"I will continue serving till the members say they don't want me. My term ends on March 8," Samy Vellu said, today.
Samy Vellu, 72, has declared that he would quit active politics in 2012 and this bid would be his last as the party president, a post which he has held since 1981, after serving two years before that as acting president.
The MIC supremo lost the Sungai Siput parliamentary constituency at the March general election, and speculation was rife that that the veteran politician would contest the post for the last time next year before handing over the party to the chosen successor.