Andrew Ong | Feb 27, 08 Malaysiakini
president S Samy Vellu lashed out at PKR today, warning the opposition
party that MIC is also capable of launching a 'war' but its members
chose to abide by the law.He also blamed PKR and its ‘thugs’ for being responsible for the recent spate of demonstrations involving the Indian community.
"If you want to use the knife use it in the market. If you think you can slash me in the market, pergi potong lah
(then go ahead and cut)!" he said. "They think it is easy to finish a person. That won't happen," he added.Samy
Vellu has been dogged by hecklers and small demonstrations during
several of his functions nationwide ever since the Hindraf mass-rally
This not the first time that Samy Vellu faced
humiliation in Lunas. In a bitterly fought 2000 by-election between MIC
and PKR, he vowed not to return to Kuala Lumpur without a victory in
Lunas.Subsequently, MIC was dealt a major blow when the party
stronghold fell into opposition's hands after a major swing of votes
against the government. The 'liquor' technique Continuing
his verbal tirade against the opposition, Samy Vellu accused the
parties of using underhanded tactics to instigate Indians to take to
the streets."Opposition parties give liquor to people to cause trouble. This is the new technique of the new century."Describing the action of the demonstrators as "war", the MIC president warned that his party was capable of retaliation."We
can do that too. If they really want to have war, we can show them war
(to show our strength). We have thousands of MIC Youth (members). But
they follow the law," he said.Samy
Vellu also slammed two Tamil papers for publishing reports on
demonstrations involving Indians and blamed his political rivals, who
own the papers, for doing so.He said these politicians were
pretending to be friendly to the Barisan Nasional but secretly urging
the opposition and the Indian community to organise more demonstrations."It
is a tactic to get the Indians to do more and more demonstrations. They
are not demonstrating against MIC. They are demonstrating against
Barisan Nasional," he said.Tamil dailies Makkal Osai
and Malaysia Nanban
are aligned to Samy Vellu's rivals, former MIC deputy president S
Subramaniam and Malaysian Indian United Party (MUIP) president S
Nallakaruppan respectively.Samy Vellu, 71, who is seeking his ninth-term as Sungai Siput MP, is contesting against PKR's D Jeyakumar for the third time.
MIC may be shaken and stirred in Kapar
Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Feb 27, 08 3:49pm
For all that the MIC considers Kapar
to be its fortress, the parliamentary seat will be one to watch this time around.
P Komala Devi won the seat comfortably with a 14,588 majority in the
2004 elections, but an upset may be on the cards - all because of the
Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
Her opponent this time will be PKR’s S Manickavasigam (photo),
known to close associates as Mike, who hopes to cash in on the Hindraf factor and latent discontent in the Indian community.
has 112,224 registered voters - the largest constituency in the country
- with Malays forming the majority at 51.4 percent and Chinese at 35.4
make up 13 percent, working mainly in oil palm plantations and the
factory sector. With an average household income of about RM900, they
feel the sting of recent increases in the price of fuel and consumer
But resentment rooted in racial discrimination has become
the single-biggest catalyst in recent months, manifested in strong
support for Hindraf and its leaders. Manickavasagam counts himself
“I have the support of almost 98 percent of
the Indian community here. This time, Komala will lose because the
voters know that MIC and its members have done nothing but cheat the
people,” he claimed when met at a pasar malam
in Taman Intan.
was chased out when she came here (Taman Intan) what more evidence that
you need to show that MIC has lost its relevance here?”
During his walkabout, his supporters - all Indians - waved PAS flags and shouted out ‘vote for PKR and PAS’.
Komala will be no walk in the park, although a local resident offers
the view that Malays are “50-50" in their support and that Chinese
voters are known to be pro-opposition.‘Disregard rumour’
Komala discounted speculation that she will be booted out, expressing confidence that she will be able to retain the seat.
have the strongest support, not only from the Indian community, but
from the Chinese and Malays as well,” she said after meeting with some
50 supporters near Taman Intan.
Asked to comment on the apparently strong anti-BN sentiments among the Indians there, she denied that such feelings exist.
are no anti-BN sentiments but confusion. MIC has always been the
favourite party in Kapar and will remain so,” she claimed.
MIC has addressed the main issues - crime, employment and vernacular education - about which all voters are concerned, she added
obviously think otherwise. One resident said he is upset with Komala,
claiming she has not visited Kapar even once following the 2004
elections to listen to the grouses of the residents.
“We have called her and sent text-messages and she has not replied even once,” he alleged.
Another resident echoed the comment, and added that it is high time the MIC is taught a lesson.
“Kena ajar diorang ni sikit bang, tak buat kerja. Harga barang naik, minyak naik,
(We have to teach them a lesson, they don’t do their work; the price of
goods and fuel has gone up),” he said, asking not to be named for ‘fear
of getting into trouble’.**********