Dressed in a red saree, Shaila, who saw some controversy in 2007
after a sex video clip allegedly depicting her appeared on the
Internet, sat quietly with Paari among delegates near the entrance to
“People should have a heart … they should not target people,” she
said when asked about the clip that had caused some embarrassment for,
Paari and his father, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
His political enemies circulated the clip widely and made political capital but for Shaila, 35, all that is behind her now.
“I am busy as a mother, wife, entertainer and event manager and,
now, in politics,” she told The Malaysian Insider in an interview.
Controversy continues to dog her as her election as deputy chief of
Puteri MIC caused controversy last month. Apparently Shaila lost in
the election but was somehow “re-elected” according to Tamil newspapers
hostile to Samy Vellu.
Another urban legend, she says.
“I was elected … it is that simple,” she said.
However she does not plan to develop a political career for herself
although she can get significant help from her powerful father-in-law
Samy Vellu who only a day earlier demonstrated his grip on the party
ensuring his team of “official candidates” all won.
“It is not that I am a political greenhorn … I was a council member
of Puteri for one term. But I just want to help and serve, not be a
politician,” she said. “The family is already in politics.”
She practised as lawyer for six years before switching to singing and event management and managing a bridal house and boutique.
MIC Puteri’s challenge, she feels, is to bring in new members into
the wing as many are also young voters and if they enter MIC they would
also be convinced to vote for the MIC and Barisan Nasional.
“This is our main challenge … to convince young people, to attract them to get political with the MIC,” she said.
Her daughter Bhavya Vel, 10, is studying in Alice Smith, an elite
International school, and is keen on design and drawing just like
granddad Samy, who is an architect.
Shaila came into prominence as a singer when she was 16 and sang
Tamil, Malay and Hindi songs. She recorded one album before she got
married and moved into event management.
A search on the Internet shows various blurry unrecognisable clips
under the title “Shaila” still circulating on some websites along with
But for Shaila the nightmare is all behind her. “I was victimised,” she said.*******
Samy’s MIC on collision course with BN
assembly is clearly tickled... Delegates during lighter moments at the
MIC assembly closing session in Kuala Lumpur today. - Picture by Jack
By Baradan Kuppusamy
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu
basked in the glow of victory today, looking on appreciatively as one
delegate after another attacked the government and former Prime
Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for interfering in MIC matters.
The delegates at the MIC general assembly singled out for criticisms
Mahathir and other leaders for condemning Samy Vellu and praising his
rival Datuk S. Subramaniam, in the run up to yesterday’s election.
A day earlier, Samy Vellu-backed candidates all but swept the board,
taking the lion’s share of posts contested, and cemented his grip on
the party, despite some pressure from Umno and the public for some
change in MIC.
Mahathir was criticised severely for doing nothing for the Indian
community while the Umno/Barisan Nasional (BN) government was attacked
for favouring only the Malays and ignoring the woes of the Indians for
The depth of the criticism, sometimes tedious, was best illustrated
after one delegate from Johore stood up and said: “They can see the
woes of the Palestinians and the Bosnians but they can’t see our
suffering right here before their eyes.”
“For them to tell us who to pick as our leaders is an insult,” he said.
While they attacked the “government” and Tun Mahathir, they held
back on criticizing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who had them
on their feet yesterday in a stirring speech urging them to reform to
win back Indian support.
He issued a warning, seen as being directed at Samy Vellu, that
being popular in the party was useless if the people you claim to
represent hate you.
But Samy Vellu appeared to shrug off the advice, seeing it as interference in MIC affairs.
He has also allowed delegates to speak up against a government, of
which he was minister for nearly 30 years, and in which his party is
still represented by a minister and two deputy ministers
“The die is cast…he is on a collision course with the
government…Umno,” said a newly elected MIC leader on the sidelines of
the MIC general assembly today.
“We are either in Barisan or out. We cannot be in the tent and
attack our own,” he said, adding that in his desire to continue as MIC
president, Samy Vellu, was now on a collision course with the federal
“It is the classic disease of individuals in power for one too many
years,” said the MIC leader. “He believes without him the MIC would
collapse and without him he Indian community would suffer.”
“The community that the MIC had represented has long fled to the
opposition and the party is just a shell of what it once was but the
Samy Vellu party and same script goes on,” he said.
The Najib administration is going the extra-mile to woo the Indian
community, aware that the government had alienated them and that the
level of frustration is deep.
But it needs a vehicle to take forward the transformation, and was
hoping the MIC could reform, elect a new leadership and be the
harbinger of a “new deal” for the Indians.
With Samy Vellu still around, there is little choice for Umno/BN but
to support other stakeholders in the community and gradually start
making a direct approach to Indian voters.