Kuala Lumpur, May 30: Veteran Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) leader Tan Sri K S Nijhar has quit as party vice-president and he did it via SMS. Nijhar, 72, who has been the vice-president for three terms, had announced his intention to resign at the last committee meeting early this month. I have nothing against Samy Vellu (MIC President). We have only minor disagreements on some issues," The Star quoted Nijhar, as sayingI.
His resignation was accepted by the committee on Thursday. On the reasons for Nijhar's resignation, Samy Vellu said the former Subang MP had stated his intention in the press. "I don't have any quarrels with him," he said. Nijhar, when contacted, said that he had sent text messages to Samy Vellu and secretary-general Datuk Dr S Subramaniam on his resignation.
Nijhar joined MIC in 1973 and had held several positions, including that of treasurer-general, CWC member and secretary-general before being elected as a vice president in 2000. He retained the vice president's post in 2003 and 2006.
He was appointed a senator for six years and served as parliamentary secretary of the International Trade and Industry Ministry from June 1989 to June 1991.
Nijhar had also contested and won the Subang parliamentary seat in 1999 and 2004 but was not fielded in the March 8 general election.
He had expressed displeasure after he was dropped from the MIC election line-up this year.