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Chitrakala: MIED meeting: tame or stormy?

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 19 @ 08:44:08 CST

The Traveler, Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) financial scandal is rocking the Indian community but the major English dailies The Star and The New Straits Times were providing scanty coverage.

It is well known news that The Star reporter Letchumanan has been getting lots and lots of favors from Samy Vellu for spinning stories. 

One such favor is the full sponsorship he gets annually for attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention held in India.

This year, besides Letchumanan, we came to know through a source, Samy Vellu also sponsored The New Straits Times reporter Suganthi Suparmaniam.

 The cost of the trip for each person was estimated to be around RM 3,000. They stayed in a five star hotel at RM 800 per day, paid by Samy Vellu.

Can we expect these reporters to write objectively about MIED scandals?

I know a veteran journalist refused to accept even a pen, worth probably less than RM 10, as a souvenir offered to him at a political gathering.

Today, Makkal Osai Tamil daily and the online news portal The Malaysian Insider reported the spat between Samy Vellu and Palanivel.

Read what NST says:

MIED meeting turns out to be tame affair
2010/01/19 KUALA LUMPUR: The expected fireworks at the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) members' meeting yesterday did not take place. Instead, the nearly three-hour meeting went on smoothly, with 26 of its 30 members attending.

The meeting also saw the MIED accounts for 2004, 2005 and 2006 tabled and passed.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who held a press conference after the meeting, said the MIED project manager and project quantity surveyor were also present earlier to answer a few queries.

"Members who were not present were Datuk S. Subramaniam, Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, the famous S.A. Vigneswaran and the even more famous P. Chitrakala."

Vigneswaran was the former MIC Youth chief who had a fallout with Samy Vellu and Chitrakala was the MIED's former chief executive officer.
Vigneswaran had complained to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) that the MIED had breached the Companies Act 1965.

Meanwhile, SSM senior director of enforcement Muhammad Redzuan Abdullah confirmed that the MIED was being investigated for several irregularities.




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