He said there was no need for him to debate with Subramaniam, who has said that he will be facing an unfair competition to defend his post in the party elections in June.
"This is not a competition, not a war between me and him. This is a fight for a cause. I want my community to make progress along with the other communities in the country," he told a press conference held in conjunction with the MIC Selangor State Convention, here Monday.
Samy Vellu who is also Works Minister said that it was important that the potential leader who is chosen has the interest to bring about changes to the community.
"The government can give the chance but the leaders must work hard to bring the development to the people," he said.
Samy Vellu said he can produce the past three years working record of three MIC deputy ministers for evaluation by party members and the Indian community.
"What they have done, they should show the records. In politics, if we don't show the record, we would not be elected again," he said.
Asked if he had proof of Subramaniam holding shares in a Tamil newspaper, he said that he had plenty of evidence.
Tuesday May 23, 2006, The Star
I am not at war with Subra, says Samy
SHAH ALAM: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he had no intention of engaging in a political debate with his estranged deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam.
Denying that he and Subramaniam were “at war,” Samy Vellu said he was only telling the community who were actually working for them.
“It is a war of purpose. I want the (Indian) community to be equal with the other communities,” he told reporters before the opening of the 60th Selangor MIC convention at Dewan Jubli Perak here yesterday.
He added there were three deputy ministers who were working to bring changes to the community.
“They would also be able to provide records of their performance but what about those who have been deputy minister for a long time? In politics, if there is no record, they cannot be chosen again,” he said.
The convention started on a rough note when two disgruntled party members accosted Samy Vellu as he arrived at the venue.
The two men, believed to be from one of the Selangor divisions, accused Samy Vellu of not giving them a chance to attend the convention as delegates.
“It is not in my hands. If you have the support and following, you will become delegates,” he said.
On the issue of Subramaniam's alleged stake in Tamil daily Malaysia Nanban, Samy Vellu said he had a lot of evidence to prove this.
He added that the proof would be revealed at the right time.
Samy Vellu had threatened to sue Malaysia Nanban and Makkal Osai for allegedly distorting his speech at the Johor MIC state convention recently.
Both dailies had quoted Samy Vellu as saying that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had done nothing for the Indian community.
Samy Vellu denied that he had said so, and accused both the dailies of trying to cause friction between him and Dr Mahathir.
It is popularly believed that Subramaniam is a stakeholder in Malaysia Nanban.