... when the MIC crisis erupted and lava was scattered all over, I thought it is the end for the only Indian-represented party in Malaysia. Most of us felt it is time for MIC to pack its bags. However, over the course of time, the ‘close shop’ perception slowly began to turn into ‘maybe there is hope’. The pristine looking, well-articulated, calm and composed Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam took charge and showed us why a professional is what MIC needs to move forward.
When the trembling was initially felt, vociferous opinions emerged from all angles. From the start till today, Dr Subra only said one thing, “Abide by the Registry of Societies’ (ROS) decision”. When the court proceedings initially looked unfavourable to him, he only said “Abide by the court and ROS decision”. When the Prime Minister got dragged in and Dr Subra was publicly mocked by the opposite camp, he reiterated “Abide by the ROS decision.” Throughout, the doctor was only asking everyone from both camps to move along the orders given by ROS, and very rightly so as ROS is the parent of all organisations in the country. Its role is to safeguard the constitution and structure of every organisation, be it government or non-government. Had the final decision not favoured him, I can vouch that Dr Subra would have still said “Abide the ROS decision”.
Respecting the decision of a higher authority is utmost important to ensure peace. Dr Subra’s professionalism in addressing the disaster in MIC definitely won him many more supporters. Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, senators, parliament members, MIC branch and division leaders all embarked on Dr Subra’s journey. And why not? He looks like the only person who can guide the craft to safety.
Even before completely taking the helm he has already ironed out his plans for MIC and the community. Topping the list is amending the MIC constitution to democratise the party and reduce the autocratic powers of the president. He envisions engaging the youth more as he acknowledges the youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. He pledges to put a stop to caste-based politics within the party that has been dominating since its induction. He has already mapped progression out and all that is left now is implementation.
Extract from MMO here