Friday, February 19, 2010

PM to consider Murugiah’s position

Datuk Seri Najib Razak will consider the possibility of dropping sacked People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supreme council member Senator Datuk T. Murugiah (picture) as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

The prime minister had a private meeting with PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas after chairing the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting in PWTC last night.

Kayveas told The Malaysian Insider that Najib was clear on the party’s stance and will reconsider its demands.

“We have told PM very clearly that until he drops him, it’ll be seen to be like there is problem in PPP. PPP does not have the problem. Now the problem is in PM’s hands. Until he drops him then it will look like PPP has a problem. We have made it very clear to the PM just now.

“The PM said yes that he is aware of this and will resolve this as soon as he can,” he said after the private meeting with Najib.

PPP treasurer-general T. Muthulingam had urged Najib to intervene and resolve the party’s leadership crisis which has been dragged for nine months.

In a press conference held earlier, Najib told reporters that he will discuss the matter with PPP’s president.

“That is between me and PPP’s president. We will discuss what is necessary but usually we do not interfere in the running of any component parties. We hope that they can resolve their own problems,” he said after chairing Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting.

Kayveas also lashed out at Murugiah and called him a con-man.

“Datuk Seri Najib is very clear as to the party’s stand. The party has made it very clear and reported that this guy (Murugiah), which was originally by party recommendation, has turned to be a super-con. He knows how to manipulate people and situation. He just talks in blank.

“He has also maximum used the prime minister’s name. Everywhere he said that it is the prime minister who asked him to do. Even the EGM he said was the prime minister that asked him to and financed it,” he added.

Kayveas and the senator were locked in a fierce struggle for control of the minor Barisan Nasional (BN) party.

Murugiah convened an emergency general meeting where he was voted in as the new PPP president. Kayveas, on the other hand, sacked him from the party.

The RoS had decided that Kayveas is the rightful president based on the elections of PPP’s 2005-2010 supreme council members on Oct 2, 2005.

Murrugiah is currently waiting for the Kuala Lumpur High Court to decide on his application to enforce a decision by the Malaysian Arbitral Tribunal Establishment (MATE) which declared that he is the rightful president of PPP.

The hearing is set on March 1.

news courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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