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This is definitely not a good year for Samy Vellu. He is being tossed about like a leaf in a gust of wind, blown here and there without a place to rest. He has weathered the following mishaps but like a good soldier he fights on – believe me attacks of these kind would have pulled down any other man.

  • Hindraf was the biggest opponent, and he never anticipated this group was a fore-runner to all the other mishaps
  • His good boss Mahathir led him down – a stab in the back so to speak, something Samy will take a long time to forget
  • The Indians whom he treated as school children and sometimes like estate labourers to scold, turned the tables on him, the mandore was ineffective, the people wanted a change
  • He was abused, he lost his invisibility, he did not have the Midas touch as earlier, people argued with him, and to quote his own words ‘nearly threw the atom bomb at him’
  • He lost a good friendship with Karunanidhi the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
  • The people of Sungei Siput forever the bastion of his power, let him down in the elections
  • Ordinary Indians who knew not what was politics, or the part played by MIC all this while, just said, Samy go.
  • Women were vociferous in their demand, out Samy they said.
  • His own MIC leaders and members have, though not publicly stated, wondered whether he is an asset and whether he is relevant anymore.
  • His quarrel with Toyo
  • His quarrel with other UMNO leaders

I may have missed out a few more, like the Indian businessman telling him to go, the death of a good friend and now the need to apologise to Anwar or face a suit.

With all these adversaries sharpening their knives, must he stay; the writing is clear on the wall, and if he soldiers on, how is he to be graded.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has demanded a public apology and RM100 million in damages from a senior politician for alleged libelous remarks made against him.
samy vellu anwar 050507Anwar’s counsel Sankara Nair named S Samy Vellu as the defendant over the MIC leader’s remarks which appeared in a Malay daily newspaper two weeks ago.
According to Sankara, Berita Harian in an April 15 article headlined ‘Kenyataan Anwar Dibidas’ reported Samy Vellu’s response to Anwar’s criticism of Barisan Nasional.
He cited the following three paragraphs in the article which contained the alleged defamatory remarks against Anwar:
Presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu membidas keceluparan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang mengkritik parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) selepas menggalakkan penyokongnya menggunakan pelbagai taktik kotor pada pilihanraya umum lalu.

“Katanya, negara akan lebih aman dan makmur jika tiada kelibat manusia seperti Anwar yang menggunakan ugutan, tekanan, paksaan dan menakut-nakutkan pengundi bagi menjamin kemenangan calon pembangkang.
“Saya sudah lama kenal dia. Ini cara mereka meraih undi,” katanya di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

sankara nairSankara (left) said that Samy Vellu’s allegations were understood to mean that Anwar, among others, was promoting “unlawful elections practices” and that he has no regard for the process of free and fair elections.
He added that Samy Vellu was also trying to show that Anwar was acting in a “criminal manner” as well as behaving “immorally, fraudulently and irresponsibly”.
“Your (Samy Vellu’s) utterances in the impugned article as stated above of our client (Anwar) are and were grossly negligent, reckless, irresponsible, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower our client’s esteem in the eye of the public and expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, contempt and ridicule.” said Sankara in the letter of demand to Samy Vellu.
‘Samy seeking cheap publicity’
Sankara also added that Samy’s remarks was done mainly to seek cheap publicity and sensationalism.
In the letter, Sankara said that Samy Vellu “have or caused to have republished the following libelous comments in the impugned article.”
He stressed that the comments against Anwar was extremely libelous and has brought Anwar considerable distress and embarrassment.
According to an e-mail to Malaysiakini, Sankara said the letter of demand has been served to the MIC headquarters this morning.
Anwar gave Samy Vellu 48 hours to apologise otherwise a RM100 million law suit would be initiated against the MIC chief.

Anwar to sue Samy if there’s no apology



  1. Samy may have sabotaged the BN in the pru12. Surely as an Indian he must have known that
    Indians in Malaysia held the temple as sacred. His statement that the temple is bereft of statues
    is merely an exit strategy for him. I would propose that Samy be called by the Special Branch
    in his role in the temple affair. If he says he is merely helping his ‘friend’ to clear the land for
    development – then this could be likened to killing two birds with one stone. An oppurtunity
    to make money and at the same time destroy Pak Lah at the instigation of Dr M.

  2. Dear Sulaiman,

    As the saying goes, you can wash a pig with all the detergents now available, but still you can’t make a cow of it.

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