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MIC Members Set Fire To Dailies Over Report

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, May 20 @ 09:34:14 CDT

MICMay 20, 2006 18:55 PM  

KLUANG, May 20 (Bernama) -- MIC members held a protest here and in Kulai against two Tamil dailies that misquoted party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's remarks at the Johor MIC Convention in Skudai on Tuesday.

About 50 members from the party's division in Kluang carried placards voicing their displeasure over the reports in Nanban and Makal Osai at Jalan Station here at about 11.30 am. They later set fire to some copies of the two newspapers.

Another protest was carried out by members of the Kulai division at the Kulai bas terminal at about 12.30 pm.

The protest was over the reports by both newspapers that Samy Vellu had stated the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did nothing to improve the standard of living of the Indian community.

He was answering questions from the floor on why the Indian community failed to achieve the three percent equity under the Eight Malaysia Plan.

Samy Vellu who deplored the reports Friday retorted that it is the underhand tactics of his adversaries who were out to undermine him.

The MIC president said he had called Dr Mahathir who was in Turkey to clarify that he had been misquoted by the two newspapers.

On the protest at Kluang Saturday, Kluang MIC Division head G. Raman said, the show of protest was levelled at Nanban and Makal Osai as the report could cause a rift in the community.

"What we need are newspapers which unite the community. But since their inception, the newspapers concerned had mounted personal attacks against Datuk Samy and causing disharmony in the community," he said when met here Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Johor MIC chairman Datuk K.S. Balakrishnan said the boycott and the burning of the newspapers were done by party members at their own accord and not under anybody's instruction.

Balakrishnan who was met at the Meet the Consumers Day session organised by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry here today said Samy Vellu did not utter such words at the convention.




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