After the meeting with the Malay electorate, he walked straight to the group and enquired what the problem was.
One of the youths came forward and explained that they were disappointed with the party, as the state assemblyman Datuk K. Rajapathy had failed to visit their place despite several requests.
“We know that Rajapathy will also prevent you from visiting the place,” said one of the youth.
But Samy Vellu cut him off and said that he was the minister and would not be afraid to visit any alley, street or village.
“I am a minister and no one can stop me from going anywhere. I am not afraid of anyone and will come,” he said, as he walked with the youths and the entourage into Kg Main Road in Prai on Saturday.
A greater shock awaited the MIC president when he saw a monsoon drain filled with green algae and clogged rubbish becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Samy Vellu immediately requested Rajapathy and the other MIC officials to ensure that the drains were cleaned up within two days and asked the residents to call him if it was not done.
Pressure mounts on Samy to go
K Kabilan | Feb 17, 08 3:19pm
Several MIC leaders are quietly worried that party president S Samy
Vellu has become a liability and should be replaced soon.
However they are clueless as to how they can convince him to step down from his party and government posts.
Vellu, also the works minister, looks set to contest for the Sungai
Siput constituency in the March 8 general election, a seat which he
retained since 1974. He has been the party president for the past 29
“Recently we see that many members of the community have
been publicly vocal in blaming Samy Vellu for the failures of the
community,” said a party veteran.
“The community’s anger has
been escalating since the Nov 25 Hindraf rally. First it was against
the government, and then it was against MIC but now it is increasingly
more against Samy Vellu,” he added.
He cited the incident in
Butterworth last night when a group of angry Indians confronted Samy
Vellu, demanding him to be answerable to the police action taken
against supporters of Hindu Rights Action Force in Kuala Lumpur earlier
in the day.
group blocked Samy Vellu’s car from leaving after a function and jeered
him for being unable to help the community. Samy Vellu was stuck in his
car for more than 30 minutes and was only ‘rescued’ by a team of police
outriders. (photo, left
“This is not the first time
the crowd had openly faced Samy Vellu in the public, asking him to
explain why the community had failed,” said the leader.
The Butterworth incident was the second such incident in the past one week.
in the week, Samy Vellu was also similarly surrounded and heckled by
some youths during the foundation laying ceremony for a Tamil school in
Selangor. Another group of some 30 people also held placards opposing
Samy Vellu at the same function.(photo
The police had to be called in to escort the veteran politician from the area.
I am sure this is not going to end with these two incidents. The anger
on the ground in not going away. In fact, it is increasing. We realise
this but the party can only put a brave face and claim that we can
counter them,” added another MIC division level leader who witnessed
the Butterworth incident last night.No sense of responsibility
Mayilsamy was in the group of people who blocked Samy Vellu’s car last
night. He said that the group was angry with the police action which sprayed water and fired teargas
at Hindraf supporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning.
were innocent people who had gathered to give roses to the prime
minister. Not a single MIC leader spoke out against the police action.
We wanted to ask Samy Vellu on why he was not in support for calls for
reform for the community
“But he choose to remain silent in the
car, and at one stage called the Hindraf supporters who were arrested
by the police as criminals,” added Mayilsamy.
“That got us
angry. Criminals? These were normal folks who went to hand in roses to
the PM. They weren’t armed. How can Samy just label them as such. He
has not sense of responsibility for the community,” he charged.
Several MIC leaders contacted by Malaysiakini
today refused to publicly comment on the police action on the Hindraf
gathering. And they were afraid to comment on the mounting criticism
against the party boss.
Ever since the Hindraf rally on Nov 25
which called for the government to redress the sidelining of the Indian
community in this country, a simmering discontent has appeared among
the Indian community over the performance of Samy Vellu. The grassroots
feeling is that he has not done enough for the upliftment of the
Recently the government acknowledged that the community had legitimate grievance and had promised to overcome them.
However the community’s anger has not dissipated, instead it has been channelled at Samy Vellu.Mounting pressure
until now MIC leaders have regrouped behind Samy Vellu, saying that
only he can ensure that the government fulfills whatever demands that
are made via MIC, the sole Indian representative in the government.
his defence, they have also said that Samy Vellu had never failed to
ask the government to help uplift the community and blamed the
government’s poor delivery system for the failures in the government
programmes and aides reaching the community.
“But it does not
look like the community is going to buy this. They want immediate
government equality actions and feel that such actions need not be
channelled through MIC,” said political observer and local government
veteran M Pithchay.
“Samy Vellu can no longer go around the
country and claim that he would get the government to uplift the
community. No one will believe him. He has lost his credibility,” he
Such sentiments are now slowly being admitted by MIC
leaders. Openly they say that Samy Vellu should contest in Sungai
Siput. Privately they are wondering how to convince him to give up and
“Perhaps he should adhere to the prime minister’s remarks
the other day that Samy Vellu might not put his name up as a candidate,” added a party leader.
MIC Information Chief M Saravanan however was quick to defend his boss.
“What will they achieve if he goes? Is he to be solely blamed for the failures of the community?” he asked.
a large segment of the community believes that Samy Vellu’s departure
would be a good start for the upliftment of the community as he comes
under increasing pressure to do so in the run up to the elections.