Below are parts of the question and answer session between MIC former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and NST, published today.
Q: You were out of mainstream MIC politics since the last party election. Why are you willing to return?
Subramaniam: I feel compelled to help rebuild the party after its dismal performance in the March 8 general election. There is no point in pointing fingers. Many misread this and say I am now joining hands with party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. Naturally, to rebuild the party, I will have to work with the president and need his cooperation.
Q: What about your supporters?
Subramaniam: My supporters, who are still in MIC, are happy and welcome my move. But my supporters outside MIC are unhappy with the patch-up. I don't understand this because I have always been with the party. I am not doing it because I am after any position. Samy Vellu has agreed in principle to revive my supporters' defunct branches, so the party will become stronger.
Q: What about calls from within and outside the party, rejecting your return to MIC mainstream politics?
Subramaniam: People who are unhappy with Samy Vellu and others who treated me as a threat are not comfortable with our patch-up. I only came to offer my services. I even declined the Central Working Committee position that Samy Vellu offered.
Q: What is your view on calls by certain quarters asking for Samy Vellu's resignation as party president?
Subramaniam: Many people forget the tremendous support Samy Vellu has from within the party. He is well liked by members, especially for his hardwork. I think everybody should remain and rebuild the party.
Q:You have been with the party through thick and thin. Any thoughts of retiring from MIC and politics?
Subramaniam: The question of retirement does not arise now. I am the MIC Seputeh division chairman and involved in various activities.
Q: Any plans to contest in the next party elections?
Subramaniam: No plans at the moment. My interest now is to help make the party stronger and getting the Indians to once again recognise MIC as a strong political party, which would serve their interest.
Q: What do you think???
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