KUALA LUMPUR: People’s Progressive Party supreme council member Senator Datuk T. Murugiah and six others have been expelled from the party for allegedly tarnishing its image and trying to get it de-registered.
PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas said the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s department was sacked by the disciplinary board for using his government office to organise a press conference for his personal assistant Dr N. A. Shanmuganathan, and for making defamatory remarks against the party and its leadership.
“Murugiah used a bankrupt to make the defamatory remarks so that the party would not be able to take any legal action against the bankrupt,” he said during tea break at the party’s supreme council meeting yesterday.
Kayveas said that Murugiah also threatened the party lawyer and a supreme council member by saying that he would use all his powers to get PPP de-registered.
The others who were expelled were party members M. Jeyaratnam, Shanmuganathan, K. Tanggaraju, S. Kanesan, S. Saravanan and R. Rajandran.
“They can appeal to the supreme council in writing, within 14 days from the date of the decision,” said Kayveas.
Meanwhile, Selangor PPP members and supporters of Murugiah have lashed out at Kayveas, accusing him of corruption and abusing his powers.
Disgruntled state party exco members will call for an emergency meeting next week and table a motion of no-confidence against Kayveas, said Tanggaraju, the PPP Selayang branch chairman, at a press conference at Brickfields yesterday.
Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when asked if he would intervene in the dispute between Kayveas and Murugiah, said: “I am thinking about it. I have not decided what position to take.”
AK : M.Kayveas learn from his ‘bapa’ Sami Vellu how to remain President. BN Indian political way….sack! sack! sack!
Everybody knows T.Murugiah is a liberal BN Deputy Minister.
Watch out! Hindraf may follow their act!