|By : Marc Lourdes
NST, March 02 2009
Samy Vellu: She's a desperate woman.
Chitrakala: Let police find the crook.
KUALA LUMPUR: The claws are out. Both sides have resorted to publicly calling each other a thief.
what is becoming an increasingly venomous spat, MIC president Datuk
Seri S. Samy Vellu accused former Maju Institute of Educational
Development chief executive officer P. Chitrakala Vasu of being a
"thief devoid of any morals".
His astonishing broadside came in the wake of a press conference held
by Chitrakala on Saturday, during which she accused Samy Vellu of
misdeeds and charged that "top officials" had dipped their fingers into
the MIED kitty.
In a report lodged at the Shah Alam police
station, Chitrakala said she was informed that many files were removed
from the MIED office on Jan 2 on the instructions of a "top MIC
Samy Vellu said yesterday her comments were those of a
desperate woman being investigated by police for criminal
misappropriation of funds.
"There has never been a greater case of breach of trust by an employee of MIED.
"She is nothing more than a thief devoid of any morals and standards of decency.
"Let me say in no uncertain terms that she and others who are
responsible for the misappropriation of MIED funds will be brought to
"No amount of threats and personal attacks on me will deter me from that cause."
Chitrakala was equally vocal in her criticism. When contacted, she
said: "If that's what he wants to say, you can publish it. But only a
thief will call somebody else a thief."
She voiced disappointment that most of the mainstream media only covered Samy Vellu's side of the story.
"If Samy Vellu says something, it will be in the news. So, let him say
what he wants. I'll leave it to the police to find out who really is
responsible for the money stolen from the Indian community.
"Let him deny that he hijacked MIED. Let him deny that he hijacked MIC.
"It makes me laugh to hear him calling me a thief. Why isn't he using
the RM2 million collected for the 2004 tsunami victims to help the Sri
Lankan Tamils now?
"At that time, he said the victims already
had a lot of money and did not need any more. Why isn't he giving it to
the suffering Tamils now?"
The spat between Samy Vellu
and the 38-year-old mother of four revolves around the institute and
cost overruns for its project -- the Asian Institute of Medicine,
Science and Technology (AIMST) campus in Sungai Petani.
December, Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, a signatory of MIED cheques, was
removed as MIC treasurer-general in a move described by Samy Vellu as
part of an MIC rebranding exercise.
Chitrakala, who joined MIED
as an accountant in the late 1990s, resigned in 2002. She was brought
back on board in 2004 as its CEO.
MIED, whose core
business is providing study loans, sourced millions of ringgit from the
Indian community, received about RM300 million from the government and
acquired a RM220 million loan from Bank Pembangunan Malaysia to build
the AIMST campus.
The cost of construction ballooned from an initial RM230 million to close to RM500 million.
MIC's probe into the fiasco revealed the disappearance of RM5.25 million.
Monday March 2, 2009
Rama calls on Samy to explain scandals
JAYA: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has been asked to explain
to the Indian community about several financial scandals linked to the
party. These include the Maika Holdings, Maju Institute of Educational Development and Koperasi Pekerja Jaya Berhad issues. Penang Deputy Chief Minister Prof P. Ramasamy said the community wanted to know what had happened to the funds. “He (Samy Vellu) can choose a date and hold a meeting to explain this to the people,” he said. He
added that he would “expose some evidence” handed to him should Samy
Vellu failed to clarify the scandals to the people before the Bukit
Selambau by-election on April 7. Ramasamy, who is also Batu
Kawan MP and Prai state assemblyman, earlier challenged Samy Vellu to
an open debate on contributions to the Indian community but the latter
refused. The controversy between Samy and Ramasamy erupted when
the latter called for the Federal Government not to channel the RM70mil
allocated to the Indian community through MIC, claiming that the party
would mismanage the funds. Ramasamy, had instead, suggested that the Government set up a trustee or disburse the money to the Indians through its agencies.******