MIC President Samy Vellu, who is in Tamil Nadu attending several functions and meeting top politicians in order to discredit Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), accused his former deputy S Subramaniam as the man behind Hindraf in an interview to Kumudam Reporter, a leading Tamil weekly.
“One year ago, Subramaniam lost in his bid to retain MIC deputy presidency. He came to power long before me; his only achievement was to obtain a piece of land for Ramalinga Esvar Temple that he himself claims. After the defeat, his only work is to campaign against us and for that purpose they started Hindraf. What is that word ‘Hindu’? Indian Christians, Muslims and Sikhs are not important for them. They had political ambitions but did not materialize. They say, Malaysian government did nothing… come to my country.. you wont see a single beggar. Ordinary person here earns in thousands. ”, said Samy in the interview.
Subramanian’s contribution to Indian community is indeed questionable. But, Samy may very well know that Subra has no such guts to start a movement like Hindraf. According to a veteran reporter, Subra is “See no evil and hear no evil’ kind of passive person.
On the question of Malaysian government’s highhanded tactics to suppress Hindraf’s legitimate struggle against second class citizen’s treatment of Indian origin:
“Should Tamil Nadu believe a small boy (Vethamoorthy) campaigning Malaysian Tamils are being oppressed, tortured and dragged in the street? In my country we don’t use sticks to beat people. We use water canon and tear gas otherwise the crowed wont disperse. If these methods deemed to be a great crime, what about in Tamil Nadu or even in the whole India where people are beaten like cows in thousands of incidents? Who will question those things?”, Samy said.
Samy Vellu also delved in the Malaysian social contract between the various races during independence. However, he admitted that Indians did not get equal opportunity as promised but has fought for our rights in the cabinet all the time.
“We have started our own education fund and created 14,000 graduates so far, when government assistance reduced.”.
Samy Vellu also addressed the Temple demolition issue especially the Klang Padang Jawa Temple demolished days before Deepavali festival that triggered Indian anger to go to street.
“The land where the temple sits has been sold to a private company. After three years of legal battle, the court order went against the temple. But, Malaysian government allocated separate land for the temple but they refuse to move. Building temples everyday and each person having one temple, is that justice?”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanithi voiced his concern over the manner Hindraf protesters were treated during the demonstration. Samy Vellu was asked if it was proper for Nazri, a cabinet member, to warn Karunanithi. “The minister (Nazri) only told not to interfere in Malaysian affairs. If you (Tamil Nadu) continue to issue statements, what will happen there? 500 people will die. We have yet to forget 1969 racial riots. We know who the people in India instigating Malaysian Indians. Vethamoorthi visited Sri Lanka and declared to start arms struggle in Malaysia. Is that practical?”, Samy said.
Overall, Samy Vellu has twisted the whole issue, provided totally misleading statements and incorrect statistics on the number of temples in Malaysia.