The Barisan Nasional (BN) certainly hopes so but MIC insiders say it
might not be.
Under attack from all sides, the 75-year-old Samy Vellu is clinging
on to a presidency or rather the empire he built around the post for
over 30 years.
“It is not just a post. It is the centre and core of his kingdom,”
said a MIC CWC member on condition of anonymity.
“He is afraid to give up his nest. He is worried that all the enemies
he had gathered over the past three decades would fall on him,” the
As usual the Indian party's general assembly will start with a grand
dinner on Friday night followed by Samy Vellu’s address to the 3,000
delegates next morning.
The address will be keenly watched for an announcement of his
Not only delegates but BN leaders want an announcement of a firm date
of departure, a commitment to hand over to a successor and leave.
Samy Vellu has only said he will leave “around” September next year
but he can change his mind as easily as changing his shirt, said one MIC
In a departure from the norm, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak,
who is hoping Samy Vellu steps down in July so that the party’s
transformation can start, will declare the assembly open in the
afternoon on Saturday.
It is not going to be a happy event for Najib, hobnobbing with Samy
Vellu on the stage, considering the strained cir*****stances.
With the GAS movement pressuring him to leave now and party branch
and division leaders giving him the thumbs down by boycotting his
functions and the government giving him the cold shoulder at every turn,
Samy Vellu is holed up with a coterie of sycophants propping him up,
MIC insiders said.
Chaos at the anti-Samy
gathering last weeked when the president's supporters stormed the Klang
They are eyeing posts and positions in the next party and general
While Samy Vellu’s say in choosing the candidates for the 13th
general election is getting weaker by the day, he still has the clout to
decide the winners in party elections.
In another major blow for Samy Vellu, his former confidant S.
Vigneswaran, the former MIC Youth chief, has filed suit against the
party president on behalf of the Maju Institute of Education Development
(MIED), the party's education arm, for alleged misappropriation.
The derivative action, a first in Malaysia, is by Vigneswaran, a MIED
member, against its chairman and MIED trustees to protect the interest
The sum includes special and general damages.
Among the defendants are Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, Datuk Dr T.
Marimuthu, Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar, Tan Sri Dr K. Ampikaipakan, Tan Sri K.
Kumaran, Datuk G. Palanivel and Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo.
Last month the High Court granted leave to Vigneswaran to initiate a
suit against MIED trustees.
Last week Samy Vellu announced, when opening the Youth and Wanita
wings' AGMs, that he was invincible and that nobody could destroy him.
“They will be destroyed first before they can destroy the MIC or me,”
he had said.
Despite the brave talk, Samy Vellu is more vulnerable now than ever
in his political career.
One of the questions supporters of the GAS always ask is why the
government does not “move” against him.
The question is widely asked in the Indian community and with
His problem now is to ensure that his son Vell Paari succeeds him to
protect his legacy. Samy Vellu had all the time in the world to promote
his son and solidify his position but he thought the sun would never set
on his empire.
“He needs time to at least put his son as vice-president,” said a
party insider adding Vell Paari is only an appointed CWC member.
Samy Vellu will only leave next year once Vell Paari’s position is
confirmed in the party, the source said. “Samy hopes to stay until at
least up to September 2011.”
MIC blasts Utusan's preoccupation with Samy
By B Nantha Kumar
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC today slammed Utusan Malaysia for its incessant
obsession with party president S Samy Vellu.
In its latest report yesterday, the Malay daily, which has not let up on
MIC since the controversial Hulu Selangor by-election, claimed that 95%
of Indians wanted a change and blamed Samy Vellu for Indians leaving BN
in favour of the opposition.
The report demanded Samy Vellu to
step down and make room for others.
Commenting on the report,
Selangor MIC information chief SS Sivasubramaniam said: “It’s ridiculous
the way Utusan Malaysia is slamming Samy Vellu.
“The article is a
veiled threat... I am very upset with it. The paper has no business
meddling in our (MIC) matters.
“If it is so credible, it should
be calling for Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud to resign. But it
won’t dare. It is picking on Samy Vellu because he is a non-Muslim.”
MIC and Taib’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera are Barisan Nasional component
Taib faces several Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
(MACC) reports over his alleged billions in assets abroad.Countering GAS
Sivasubramaniam also said that the move to establish MIC Supporters
Club (MSC) was aimed at voter registration and countering attacks by
Gerakan Anti-SamyVellu (GAS).
“It’s time we dealt with these
(MIC) traitors. We will be making our rounds nationwide to undo the
damage GAS has done.
“We will explain to our members. People must
know that the GAS leaders are unreliable and dangerous. They twist
words to their convenience,” he said.
Citing the recent GAS
gathering, Sivasubramaniam said the group had deceived its members and
the police about the intention of the gathering.
leaders) applied for a police permit on the pretext of holding a prayer
gathering. They told the people that it was a gathering for Indian
unity, but on the day of the event, they made scathing anti-Samy Vellu