S.A. Vigneswaran was the only person standing for the leadership of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), the Indian-based party that was swept out of power along with the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition at the May general elections.
The party, once the proud representative of the Indian community in the Malaya when it gained independence in 1957, and then Malaysia which was formed in 1963, has an uphill battle to regain its footing.
On Saturday (14 July 2018), it named Vigneswaran as the president, taking over from former president and then federal minister S. Subramaniam.
Vicky, as he is popularly known among his supporters, was a one-time protege of MIC supremo S Samy Vellu, who was also present at the presidential elections at the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“Moving forward, it’s all about serving the people,” former senator and MIC central working committee (CWC) member Daljit Singh told Asia Samachar. He was present at the event.
In 2015, Daljit won a seat in the party’s main body. In the same elections, Senator Jaspal Singh won a spot as a party vice president.
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