G PALANIVEL retained his Dep President MIC post, though with a reduced majority. His position as the number two man to Samy Vellu has been consistent over the years. His policy is simple - the Boss is always right; do not overshadow the Boss; do not speak out of turn; be supportive; and be patient. I've known Palanivel since we were reporters in Bernama many years ago. He joined Bernama a few years after me and I remember covering the stock market together. I expect Palanivel to take over the number one post before the next general election, which will give him time to propose to the BN leadership his choice of candidates. His critics are many, but I suppose not big enough to topple him from the dep president post. Palanivel believes in his own public relations approach to winning votes - SMS to his supporters, maintaining contact via personal contacts. He may not be as colourful as the other candidates but Samy Vellu's support obviously still has some influence on voting trends.
My question for Palanivel: What will be his brand of leadership for the MIC? Will it be good enough to restore the MIC as a winning component in the BN?
My question for Samy Vellu: When is a good time to pass the baton to Palanivel? Is he ready to hand over the leadership after being at the helm from 1981?
My question for the MIC: Will it be re-energised after the weekend's assembly?