Deputy Minister Murugiah asked to resign

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be serving a notice to Senator T Murugiah Monday to ask him to vacate his deputy minister’s post within 14 days, said its president M Kayveas.

Speaking to reporters after attending PPP functions here on Sunday, Kayveas said the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department should resign as he had obtained the post when he was still a member of the party, reported Bernama.

Murugiah was sacked from the party on May 16 this year.

The one-time protege of Kayveas had a falling out with his party president early this year after releasing some controversial statements on certain issues relating to his ministerial work and the Indian community.

Things came to a head when Murugiah called for a PPP assembly with his group which elected him president. But the ROS ruled later that Kayveas was still the legitinmate party president.

Will he join another party?

Left out in the cold, the deputy minister is said to be exploring several options to keep his political career alive. One is to join another BN component party and a second is to form a new party. Yet another is to team up with the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

Murugiah is the only deputy minister from the PPP. It makes sense for the PPP to request Murugiah to vacare his post as he is no longer a PPP member.

But the final decision on a Cabinet position rests with the prime minister. As Murugiah is seen as an effective and hardworking guy, the PM may just decide to retain him if he joins another BN party. Another deputy minister’s post can be given to a replacement from the PPP.

Kayveas also said the party would be holding an open contest for all Malaysians to design a new logo for PPP.

First, second and third prize winners will respectively receive RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM1,000 while RM500 will be given to three consolation prize winners.

Details on the contest will be made availabe at beginning Dec 7. – Malaysian Mirror