MIC threatens to leave BN: Isn’t Samy Vellu a bane for the Indians?

MIC President for thirty years Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu was reported to be upset for not being appointed a Senator and made a Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s new administration line up, announced on Thursday 9 April and sworn in on Friday 10 April.

Malaysian Insider has the story:

Upset at not being made minister, Samy Vellu threatens BN

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Embattled MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, whose wish to return to the Cabinet was rejected by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is playing his final gambit by threatening to withdraw the sole MIC minister.

The Malaysian Insider understands Samy Vellu has little support except from party vice-president S. Sothinathan in this gambit which was sparked after Najib rejected all hints last week to make Samy Vellu a senator and put him back into the Cabinet as works minister.

Samy Vellu complained to his supporters that if Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon could be made a senator and minister, he should have been accorded the same privilege.

Samy Vellu is also unhappy that Selangor Gerakan chief A. Kohilan Pillay has been made a deputy foreign minister, a high-profile post for an Indian.

He feels it should have been given to one of his nominees.

After failing to get himself re-appointed, Samy Vellu tried to propose two additional deputy ministers posts for Sothinathan and Senator Loga Chitrakalla, according to MIC sources.

The sources said a close aide of Samy Vellu had leaked the story that Samy Vellu was considering pulling out Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and deputy ministers Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan, to put pressure on Najib to give additional positions in the Cabinet.

The leaked story is said to be timed for the MIC central working committee meeting on Thursday where Samy Vellu has two choices — to work up his loyalists into making a “do or die” stand over the issue or deny the leaked stories and walk away from the issue.

MIC leaders are divided on whether he will carry out the threat.

“Except for Sothinathan, Samy Vellu is alone in this gambit,” said a senior MIC leader. “He has been asked to wrap up and hand over power in the party by mid-year and that has upset him. He wants to put his man as deputy and serve his three-year term as president before handing over.”

“Najib has told him not a day longer than necessary,” the sources said. “This is the real spark for the rebellion against Najib.”

Samy Vellu, who seriously believes he can make a comeback, was elected president for an 11th term last month and wants to complete the three-year term before handing over to a yet unnamed successor.

The Malaysian Insider understands from aides that the party’s government representatives were shocked and perplexed by the threat.

Samy Vellu’s plan to pull the ministers out of the Cabinet but keep the MIC in the Barisan Nasional coalition, party insiders said, is a scheme hatched out of emotional disappointment with the Cabinet outcome.

“What is the rationale for pulling out of the Cabinet but remaining in the Barisan? If he pulls out of the Cabinet, then MIC must also pull out of the various state executive councils in the country,” the MIC leader said.

Former MIC vice-president Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan, when contacted by The Malaysian Insider, said he takes the threat seriously.

“It is not advisable to pull out of the Cabinet because we will be rendered blind on how the government is thinking and the decisions that are being made,” he said.

“It will be a great disadvantage to the Indian community,” he said.

Another former MIC leader said on condition of anonymity that there would be stiff resistance to the idea at Thursday’s CWC meeting.

“This is one matter Samy Vellu cannot carry through,” he said. “There is too much fear and self interest involved. They will not allow Samy Vellu to carry out this threat.”

But other MIC leaders said a desperate Samy Vellu is capable of even pulling out of the BN and joining the Pakatan Rakyat.

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So many factors affected PM Dato’ Seri Najib’s decision. One, the new sworn in Prime Minister needed not only to maintain a clean administration team, but also perceived to be clean. Samy Vellu has been plagued with so many scandals throughout the years, both as a Cabinet Minister and MIC President. The most damning is the unsolved issues of Maika Holdings.

Two, the performance of Samy Vellu as the MIC President and de facto leader of the Indian community left much to be desired. Generally, the Indian community loathe his leadership and blame him for the complex social issues that is still plaguing, such as high drop out and unemployment rate of Indian youths and their tendency to be involved in crime.

The acid test is simple. Had Samy Vellu done reasonably well as a Cabinet Minister for 29 years, in the context of representing the Indians, the HINDRAF episode would not have happened.

Three, the Malaysian Indians are diversely split. For an ethnic group that represent only 7% of Malaysians, they are actively involved in several political parties, namely MIC, Gerakan, DAP, PKR, IPF, PPP and KIMMA. Hence, they find it with much difficulty to get their act right, especially being splintered far too wide.

Who is Samy Vellu trying to threat? What has Samy Vellu or MIC contributed lately that qualify him the demand to be made a Cabinet Minister three days ago? Isn’t Dr Subramaniam already representing the Indian community and MIC in the Cabinet, since 12 GE 8 March 2008? Is this about representation of MIC and the Indian community in the Cabinet or Samy Vellu’s own personal agenda, despite already been part of three Prime Ministers over 29 years?

Four, the fact is that, MIC did poorly the General Elections XII on 8 March 2009. DAP and PKR combined would produce 8 times more representation of the Indians in the Dewan Rakyat. Samy Vellu inadvertently lost his ‘currency’ to demand anything, more over on the BN platform.

At this point in time, MIC is actually unable to make any demands, nor threats. If MIC really crosses over to Pakatan Rakyat, it is actually no loss to BN. However, it is a significant loss to the Indian community. Crossing over only reflects that this is all about Samy Vellu and not the Indian community, nor MIC.

For the record, this not the first time an Indian based BN component party threatened to ‘cross’ to the other side. PPP President Dato’ M Kayveas did the same sometime last year. It was about their concern on the reforms for ISA. However, till present, PPP is still with BN.

MIC is one party that really needed serious “Dare to change” program. Over the years, Samy Vellu ‘autocratic’ management had ‘weeded out’ all the personalities who offered credible alternative to represent the Malaysian Indians. The leaders and delegates should really consider throwing Samy Vellu out of the helm. He is a bane for the Indian community.

Post scriptum: We at BigDogDotCom remembered clearly on the fateful Saturday night of 8 March 2008, some very senior UMNO leaders actually were glad  to learn that Samy Vellu lost in Sungai Siput.

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