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My farewell to Datuk Samy Vellu

Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, December 06 @ 08:12:52 CST

Samy Vellu6/12/2010 Senator Dr. S.Ramakrishnan

The greatness of a leader is not what he did during his term in office but what he leaves behind after his term in office. The great Samy Velu who just retired today after 31 years as undisputed MIC chairman leaving behind a party which has lost all its purpose and trust of the very community it was set for. Samy Velu held an iron grip of the MIC dodging and detracting his opponents and critics.


He strengthened his iron grip after every crisis and onslaught on his leadership. All his opponents within the party and within the Indian community were silenced, shamed or won over. He was ruthless. The Tamil speaking Indian community was mesmerized with his fluent and flowery Tamil speeches falling flat into his political trap. He choked, destroyed and brought the community to ruins and this can be seen till today.
In 2008, the cries and commotions of the suffering Indian community must have reached the ears of the Almighty, propelling the overnight emergence of Hindraf, rescuing the suffering community. The political tsunami of 2008, a political novice, in Samy Velu’s standards, flushed away Samy Velu off the political landscape. The rest is history. The dethroned Samy Velu could not believe what hit him and shamelessly clung on to his belittled post of chairman in the party that was almost wiped out by the tsunami. UMNO, the political master and patron of Samy Velu realized, the once upon-a-time vote attracter, is now a political liability. Samy Velu having overstayed his position, shamelessly accepted UMNO’s golden handshake, at the expense of tax payers’ money by becoming an ambassador without a country! A position with ministerial ranking! UMNO’s clever plan to remove Samy Velu, from the post that he was clinging on like a leech and safeguarded for the past 31 years, was done with a stroke of a pen. Bravo Mr. Najib!
Well good luck Datuk Samy Velu, thanks for squeezing and dumping the poor innocent estate workers who have blindly trusted you. You just held on to your chair and appeased your political master UMNO! You have offered the future and fortunes of estate workers during the 70s, 80s and 90s on the racial altar of ketuanan Melayu of UMNO. Today many of these estate workers’ children are either in prison, on the way to prison or realized the hard way of their parents’ folly of blindly supporting you. This is your greatest contribution to the Indian community in Malaysia!
Even the party whose chair you had held for the past 31 years, has lost its direction and control. It is now under the thumb of UMNO president and Prime Minister. The UMNO president now deals directly with the various institutions and sub groups within the Indian community. The succeeding MIC chairman is just name sake. Whatever programs for Malaysian Indians in now handled directly by the Prime Minister’s department in the name of 1Malaysia. You have waken-up the once blind and indebted community into the current political reality but unfortunately the Indian working class has no financial stamina to stand up against UMNO’s bribery and political deception. You have successfully brought the MIC to its knees and a slave to UMNO.             
6/12/2010 Senator Dr. S.Ramakrishnan
******December 06, 2010 23:29 PM Samy Vellu, MIC's Longest Serving President KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- It is difficult to interpret Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's calmness and smile when he announced his resignation as MIC president after holding the reins for more than three decades.

The 74-year-old politician looked cheerful and occasionally laughs when taking questions from the media, who crowded the party's headquarters here, after the longest serving MIC president chaired the Central Working Committee meeting, which lasted more than three hours, for the last time Monday.

Although his term as MIC president expires in March 2012, Samy Vellu, who was former works minister, decided to make way for his deputy, Datuk G. Palanivel to give him adequate time to prepare for the 13th general election.

Samy Vellu was appointed MIC acting president following the death of his predecessor, Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam on Sept 13, 1979 at the time when Tun Hussein Onn was the third prime minister.

Samy Vellu outlasted other Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders. His contemporaries, Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik helmed Gerakan for 26 years (1980-2007), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spearheaded Umno for 21 years (1981-2002), and Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik led the MCA for 16 years (1987-2003).

Samy Vellu, who once acted in a Tamil drama, "Natpu" in 1954 and became a television news presenter in 1964, plunged into politics in 1959 by becoming an MIC Batu Caves branch member and secretary.

He was voted as the MIC Youth chief in 1971, MIC vice-president (1975), MIC deputy president (1977) and finally president in 1981 after acting in that capacity since the death of Manickavasagam in 1979.

Samy Vellu was nominated for the first time to contest the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in the 1974 general election and held the seat until the 2008 general election when he was defeated by Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj of Parti Sosialis Malaysia, who contested on the DAP ticket, by 1,821 vote-majority.

Samy Vellu was appointed deputy housing and local government minister in 1978 before becoming works minister from 1979 to 1989, and from 1995 to 2008.

He became energy, telecommunications and post minister from 1989 to 1995 which culminated in the privatisation of the Telecommunications Department, National Electricity Board and the Postal Department.

He had contributed to the idea of Malaysia having its own satellite which was eventually launched in 1995.

During his tenure as works minister, Samy Vellu played a key role in developing the country's road network and transportation system for which he was awarded the 'International Man of the Year Award by the International Road Federation in 1987.

He was instrumental in the construction of the North-South Expressway and the Penang Bridge.

Samy Vellu received numerous awards abroad including the Gwang Hwa Medal from South Korea, the Grand Officer of the Order of the Merit from Italy and the Bharatiya Samman award from the then Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye for the Indian diasporas contributions in 2003.

He was a great help to the Indian community in the field of education, economy, social and religion.

In education, he was the prime mover in the formation Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), which has so far provided grants and loans for 14,600 students to pursue medical, engineering, economics and information technology degrees.

He also played a vital role in the establishment of Tafe College in Seremban, the Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST), and Koperasi Didik.

Samy Vellu was also involved in the setting up of Maika Holdings and the Workers Housing Cooperative Society, the Social Strategic Foundation (YSS) and the Social Rehabilitation Foundation.

-- BERNAMA

 
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