Make up your mind, Subra told

(NST) KUALA LUMPUR: Former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam's silence is deafening after his defeat in the Sept 12 party elections.

His supporters have issued him an ultimatum.

He should decide immediately to form a new party, join the opposition or retire from politics completely.

Some 5,000 of his supporters are scheduled to gather on Sunday to press him for a decision on his political future.

Subramaniam is overseas and is expected to return today. He is expected to make a stand upon his return.

Former Selangor MIC Youth leader P. Subramaniam, who contested a vice-president's post and lost, said the gathering would be held simultaneously in Teluk Intan and Klang to show support and exert pressure on him to decide soon.

"The gathering will be done according to the law. A permit has been applied for. This is a peaceful gathering… not a street demonstration and we are expecting some 5,000 supporters to turn up."

Subramaniam's position in the party is in limbo as the CWC is expected to meet next Tuesday to determine the fate of the party stalwart.

Subramaniam faces disciplinary action over two incidents. The first is related to his statement on the party election process in 1977 which was said to have been rigged to favour Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who was then vying for the deputy president's post. The other is over an allegation that Subramaniam had brought 500-odd youths, apparently, to disrupt the polls on Sept 12.