In an interview with Bernama, Datuk S. Veerasingam, who is also Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister, said party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu needed leaders who could assist him in drawing up plans and implementing programmes for the benefit of the community.
"These leaders are the ones picked by Datuk Samy Vellu as his
"preferred" candidates for the June 24 party elections," he
A team which can join hands and implement the programmes," Veerasingam
stressed.Veerasingam began his political life in the MIC as an ordinary member of the Jalan Kampar MIC branch in Perak in 1965.
The sixty-four-year-old leader was picked to contest the Sungkai state seat in the 1990 general election which he
successfully defended the seat for two terms before moving up to contest in the Tapah parliamentary constituency in the 1999 general elections.
The Tamil school teacher-turned-politician held on to the seat for the last two terms, winning both elections with comfortable majorities.He became an MIC vice-president in the 2000 party elections, garnering the highest votes among the three vice-presidents.
In 2003, Veerasingam
, Palanivel and Nijhar retained their vice-presidency unopposed.
Asked on the grassroots' response to the president's "preferred" candidates, Veerasingam
said all candidates in the "president's menu" received good support.
"I am grateful to the delegates.Most of them have voiced their support to the president's team.I don't see a problem," added Veerasingam
who has been tagged as a "sure win" candidate in the polls.