April 07, 2011
The South Asia envoy’s post was tailored for Samy Vellu. — file pic
LUMPUR, April 7 — Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu earns just over RM27,000 per
month plus allowances as special envoy for infrastructure to India and
South Asia, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) disclosed today.
In a written reply to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, the PMO said the
former works minister is paid RM27,227.20 to help Malaysian construction
firms break into the South Asian market.
In addition to that, the government gives Samy Vellu “conveniences
and other allowances” in line with his status as special envoy, which
carries with it a ministerial rank.
He also has a staff of six and works from the special envoy’s office in Plaza Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
The PMO also said Samy Vellu’s job scope does not clash with other
Malaysian officials in South Asia as his role is only to identify
projects in the fast-growing region that Malaysian companies are
“The special envoy is tasked with creating opportunities for those
companies to take part in projects in accordance with local laws and
regulations,” the reply read.
Samy Vellu was named as special envoy for infrastructure to India and
South Asia in December last year after he stepped down as MIC
president, a post he held for 31 years.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak appointed MIC strongman to tap
the latter’s experience in clinching billions of ringgit worth of
projects for Malaysian companies during his tenure as works minister.
Besides India, other South Asian countries under Samy Vellu’s
portfolio include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the
Samy Vellu previosusly said Malaysian businessmen had, in the past 10
years, played a significant role in infrastructure development in
India, completing projects worth about US$20 billion (RM61.4 billion)
although that figure has dwindled of late.
During his official visit here in October last year, Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh said India, which plans to raise investment in
infrastructure projects to US$1 trillion, welcomed greater Malaysian
participation given the country’s strength in the sector.