The Malaysian Indian Congress, the leading party representing the Indian community in Malaysia, is holding party elections on June 24. Two top favorites for the position are S. Subramaniam and G. Palanivel. The ongoing sms poll, being conducted by the Malaysian Public Service Association and the ethnic Nayagan magazine, shows that Subramaniam in the lead. The poll is expected to run until June 20, just four days before the elections.
MIC party president Mr Samy Vellu, who is also Malaysia's Public Works Minister has thrown his support behind Palanivel and disagrees with such methods of polling. He was quoted saying "Only those who have not gained popularity through their services and dedication to the people would seek shortcut popularity via SMS," in vanakkammalaysia.com, a popular Malaysian on-line portal for Indians that is published in Tamil, English and Malay. Both contestants have also distance themselves from the polls, stating that the elections are not a popularity contest, but are instead aimed at selecting the best candidate for the job.