September 25, 2010
Tamilmani says he went to jail for Subramaniam.
LUMPUR, Sept 25 — Tamilmani or P. Veerasamy, the journalist who hounded
former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and his camp since
March with numerous exposes of a seedy and sexual nature in the Tamil
Nesan newspaper, has been given the boot, Tamil Nesan sources said.
However, supporters of Tamilmani, contacted by The Malaysian Insider,
say his six-month contract with Tamil Nesan, a newspaper owned by the
family of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, had expired.
“He is leaving, not booted out,” his supporters said.
However, Klang businessman K.P. Samy, who was one of the Subramaniam
supporters who came under attack by Tamilmani, said: “What we hear is
that he has been sacked.”
The man who can clarify the issue, Tamil Nesan CEO Vel Paari, the son
of Samy Vellu, has been in Australia for the past three months and
could not be reached for comment.
Whatever the case — booted out or contract expired — Subramaniam and
his camp have won a respite from the relentless attacks from Tamilmani,
who was a Subramaniam supporter for 28 years but switched camp to Samy
Vellu and started the daily broadsides on Subramaniam.
In an interview earlier, Tamilmani, 61, said he went to jail for
Subramaniam but the former deputy never visited him in Pudu Jail or
expressed gratitude for his sacrifices.
“I was angry at such ingratitude and that’s why I joined forces with Samy Vellu,” he had said.
His departure also signals an end to the war between Tamil Nesan and
its rival Makkal Osai, which is owned by Subramaniam’s cronies.
Tamilmani attacked Samy Vellu throughout Subramaniam’s 28-year career as deputy MIC president.
He was jailed in 1997 for contempt of court because he continued to
attack Samy Vellu as a “community thief” even after a court barred him
from using those terms.
He was freed after 46 days in Pudu Jail following a successful appeal in the Court of Appeal.
After his fallout with Subramaniam, Tamilmani worked at various
independent but heavily political and fortnight Tamil publications but
all of them eventually shut down for lack of financial backing.
Subsequently, after the Pakatan Rakyat came to power he leaned
towards the new coalition, working with several monthly newspapers but
that too did not take off because of fierce competition from the three
traditional Tamil dailies that dominate the small Tamil newspaper
In March, Subramaniam’s camp received a shock went Tamilmani
reappeared in the Tamil political world as a special editor of Tamil
Nesan that he had engaged in a war nearly all his life.
He leaves Tamil Nesan under a cloud and his supporters say he might
reappear as editor-in-chief of a new Tamil daily owned by a Penang-based
But for now, Subramaniam’s camp can breathe easy.