Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Samy Vellu - I'm prepared to go, even now ...

Has Datuk Samy Velly finally seen the writing on the wall?

He says he is prepared to go "even now” if the Indian community does not want him any more .

However, he stressed that as a leader of the Indian community, the decision must be made by the community and not by outsiders "because I represent the Indians in the government."

Datuk Samy Vellu also said that this general election will be his last term contesting for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat ”and next term I will go.”

"It is not that I wish to go on for another 100 years. I don't live for 100 years. Everybody has a time to go," he said.

Yet last Friday he said even an army will not be able to stop him from defending his Sungai Siput seat.

On Sunday night MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was prevented by a group of people from leaving a function in Butterworth.

The group, believed to be Hindu Rights Action Force supporters, surrounded his car and demanded for an undertaking for the release of women and children who were detained during a Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning.

Here's the full Star report

Tuesday February 19, 2008MYT 2:39:20 PM

This may be my last term, says Samy Vellu

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said this might be his last term contesting for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat.

"I will contest this term and next term I won't go. This maybe, my last term," he said in reply to a question from a reporter here Tuesday.

Samy Vellu, 72, said that if the Indian community in the country decided that they did not want him, he was prepared to go even now.

"I am prepared but that decision must be made by the Indian community and not by outsiders because I represent the Indians in the government," he said.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister, said last week that this general election would be the last for him.

Speaking to reporters after officiating the Pan-Commonwealth conference on professional services trade, he said there was no rift between him and his deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel.

Samy Vellu said certain Tamil newspapers were trying to destroy the MIC by reporting that there is a rift in the leadership.

"There are also lots of people trying to do that (create rift) but we will not allow that to happen," he said, stressing that he would hand over the party to the man who is next to him when the time comes.

"I will give way at the opportune time. If I give just leave the party now, the party will go into disarray.

"It is not that I wish to go on for another 100 years. I don't live for 100 years. Everybody has a time to go," he said.

Samy Vellu said that he was unhappy with some of the elected representatives who had failed to carry out their duties and was undertaking big changes this time.

"I have decided to put in new faces including professionals and party members who are not highly qualified but very active in political work," he said

On reports that certain MIC divisions were asking for locals to be fielding in the MIC state constituency, Samy Vellu said the seats does not belong to the divisions but it belongs to the party.

"There are only three seats in Selangor but there are 18 divisions in the state. We give opportunity to each division chairman when the time comes," he said.

On the Hindraf supporters blocking his car in Prai last Saturday, he said they had wanted him to tell Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to release 180 people who were detained for participating in an illegal assembly in Kuala Lumpur.

"They did not talk anything about politics. This did not indicate that they hate me," he said.

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Anonymous said...

Ayo uncle samy, just golah. No need to wait for another term. Your time's up. Wokey?

Anonymous said...

Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

"Everybody has a time to go," he said.

Then go, Samy. Your eventual exit from politics is long overdue.

Anonymous said...

I think Samy Vellu's statement can be likened to a “cakap beri hati”. It could be a statement in response to the PM who said "that anybody can say anything to the press, later they do something else"’ to Samy’s earlier announcement that he would defend his S. Siput Parliamentary seat.

Maybe Samy Vellu is also testing the waters to get reaction from MIC members. But for sure, supporters of Hindraf will be jumping with joy.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:11:00 AM,

Not only supporters of Hindraf will be very happy, I believe many non-hindraf supporters will to happy to see Samy no-Value go.

Anonymous said...

If Samy Vello and the MIC gang had been looking after the interests of the Indian community, there wouldnt have been the Hindraf "uprising", so to speak.

Now is the time for the Indian community to kick him in the butt because he has failed us miserably.

Let's show him the way out through the ballot box.

Anonymous said...

Go Samy, go, go. And never come back. The Indian community has already decided tht they dont want you no more.

Anonymous said...


I read in the paper (dont why I am stil buying the lies) that he started he s political career in 1972 - I wasnt even born yet.

Now, I am approaching mid thirties with a child in tow - HE IS STILL HERE.

What happens to giving fair chance to the new blood? Beats me.

puteri said...

It's so simple.
Time to go, Samy,
Just go!

Pak Zawi said...

He overstayed his welcome. Not entirely his fault those because the other who has the power to tell him to go didn't dare tell him that. That may have made him to feel invincible.

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