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
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.
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