Samy Vellu = MIC


It looks a case of Samy Vellu = MIC or rather MIC = Samy Vellu, forever and ever…

(Read my lips – I will resign if my No 2 man is ready but….. Image source: http://daylife.com)

Not a big fan of the ‘self claiming representatives’ of the Indian community (a mirage that was scattered by the Hindraf rallies) and whom backsides got whacked left, right and centre in the last general election but recent developments in calling the MIC supremo to stand down has been nothing but comical.

In recent months, if you have noticed, there has been a steady stream of attack against Samy Vellu – from the huge protest in last Maika shareholders’ meeting, the recent posts by Raja Petra on Samy Vellu, the recent disclosure of ‘what really happened’ with Maika shares, how Samy Vellu became the President due to missing votes and of course Dr M’s attacks on Samy Vellu.

What Dr M said about his ex-member in the cabinet was understandable but still a classic:-

‘In other countries, when a leader fails, he resigns voluntarily. In Japan, he commits harakiri (suicide). We are not asking him (Samy Vellu) to commit harakiri’.

(Source: Malaysiakini)

No one could be more direct than Dr. M but some people still don’t get the message, don’t they? Of course, that triggered the call for ‘shoe garland’ for Dr M but only after an overwhelming condemnation, Samy Vellu decided to act – the person who called for ‘shoe garland’ was swiftly disciplined and cornered Samy Vellu decided to throw in a challenge:-

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he was prepared to hand over the leadership of the party “tomorrow” if his deputy Datuk G. Palanivel was ready to take over.

(Source: TheStar)

Samy Vellu preparing to leave the party was not something new – he have said many times and every time that happens, he is still in the helm of the party (I recall him saying the same thing – if the party members do not want him, he will leave).

The likelihood of Samy leaving with the issue of Maika shares still fresh on many frustrated Indians is very small. Remember Samy keep saying that he has some ‘unfinished business’ in MIC and therefore still hanging on to the post? The question is what is this unfinished business? Is it getting the Indians back on the prosperity or fortifying himself or getting things in order from future sanctions? If there is ‘unfinished business’, why can’t someone else take over and completes it? The argument of ‘unfinished business’ is getting too suspicious.

Well, that is what I think too – otherwise he would have left if not when UMNO’s Dr. M or MCA’s Lim Liong Sik left, at least when MIC got whacked in the last general election  – get the party revamped by someone new.

But no, he remained where he is and there is no sight of any change of guards at MIC at least for next few years.  There was talks of ‘rebranding’ but unsurprisingly it affected everyone else but him.

Then there was even pressure from the PM to get Samy Vellu to leave his seat and get someone else to take over. After all, both UMNO and MCA have changed their presidents since the departure of Dr. M, didn’t they?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he would meet MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for the second time this year to discuss the party’s succession plan.

(Source: NST)

But the thing is – no body believed Samy Vellu when he said he is prepared to leave and true to the predictions, Palanivel decided not to take Samy Vellu’s challenge and decided to remain a loyal, quiet pussy:-

MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel has thrown the ball back to party chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu on when the long-serving MIC president will vacate the post.

(Source: TheStar)

Palanivel’s action to throw back the decision to vacant the president’s seat back to Samy was anticipated from day 1. After all, he is the president’s main man and next in line – surely he will not wish to ‘rock the boat’. So, while the battle for the pilot’s seat at MIC is still on-going (in the open and covertly), Najib have started to open another channel to reach out to the Indian community:-

The Prime Minister has accepted the invitation to launch the newly-formed Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party on Oct 10. The party, which was officially registered early this year, is a splinter group of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) which organised anti-government rallies in November 2007.

(Source: TheStar)

Does this means another nail has been struck on the coffin on Samy’s attempts to still clinging on the president’s seat in MIC? Whatever it is, it remains comical to see a desperate man clinging on the post whilst fighting off the call to step down with promises to step down in near future.

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Politician’s Petty Cash


Things seems to be heating up for some seasoned politicians…

RPK has been talking a lot about Samy Vellu and how Indians got screwed in Malaysia Today – here and here (nothing fancy and much revolves around the well known Maika & MIED scandals). The “latest” evidence to surface is not so new – it was given to ACA way back in 1994 and they did nothing. Will MACC do the same?

(Khir Toyo’s 24 million mansion under investigation by MACC – Khir claims it is just Rm3.5 million, MACC  says RM5 million but the rakyat thinks both are wrong! Image source: http://anakdesa1108.wordpress.com)

Another politician in the limelight these days is Khir Toyo, the ex-MB – one of many politicians who claimed to be squeaky clean from corruption and has done everything in the interest of the people.

TheStar reported

Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has been asked to be present at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office here to assist in investigations related to the purchase of his multi-million ringgit palatial home

Seriously, I doubt any action will be taken against the ex-MB – there have been many reports and incidents against the ex-MB but the old ACA and now MACC have yet to book him for anything serious. This is compounded by the mysterious letter that surfaced during the Teoh Beng Hock’s death inquest that Khir Toyo is in collusion with MACC.

Can we afford to continue to give MACC the benefit of doubt? Perhaps after the Teoh Beng Hock’s death, they may have buckled up.

At the same time, the issue of Balkis has resurfaced again when the High Court granted order to challenge the legality of the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) decision to dissolve and de-register Balkis (the Wives of Selangor Elected Representatives Association) on Feb 11. The Selangor State Government may have another crack at uncovering the fishy financial transactions of Balkis once headed by Khir Toyo’s wife.

We all know what really happened in Balkis and so does the current State Government. The only one in the “dark” seems to be the enforcement authorities (MACC, police, AG, etc) and we also know why this is so and so does the State Government. That is why the investigations into Balkis’ affairs are taken through the SELCAT (Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency formed under the Selangor State Assembly) and not through the usual MACC (which has a lousy track record).

And if one recalls the financial fiasco under Balkis, one of the matters that were raised was this:-

Permodalan Negri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) spent almost RM1mil for a trip to France and Morocco taken by former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his entourage in 2004. The entourage included his wife Datin Seri Zaharah Kechik, their three children and Indonesian maid.

PNSB also paid an additional RM9,000 for Dr Khir and his family’s accommodation during a four-day transit in Dubai.

The inquiry heard that PNSB paid RM750,000 for Dr Khir’s trip to the United Stated in December 2007, which included tickets to Orlando Disneyland. An additional RM110,000 was spent on Dr Khir’s seven-night stay at a hotel suite in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr Khir and his family also flew first class, said Khairiyah, adding that the entourage visited Miami Beach, Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center. On why the trips were conducted during the school holidays, Khairiyah said Dr Khir, then PNSB chairman, had fixed the dates.

Stand back and see these blatant spending of public funds from a view of taxpayers who are working hard to pay rent for house, transportation, food and children’s education (and whatever balance for their savings for retirement).

Taxpayers who are expecting their hard earned money to be used for improvement of schools, roads and transportation, not to be used by some politicians, who thinks that it is their God given rights, to plunder and use the money for their own.

The last thing we expect is for the hard earned taxpayers’ money used by some bastards to bring his wife, children and maid for overseas holidays – flying, staying and dining in the finest places. And when called for accountability, shrugs off the issue and remains unanswerable and unaccountable.

If Khir Toyo had paid for these trips from his own savings, then one would have appreciated it (provided it can be proven) but the fact is it was not. It was paid for using public funds. There was a clear cut of conflict of interest and misuse of public funds. What suppose to be accountability to the rakyat turned into political hide-and-seek and wayang kulit (shadow play) and the people are not happy about this (one reason which Khir was kicked out from the MB seat).

For this very reason, the current State Government should not stop pursuing the missing funds and bring these slime balls in the corrupt out in the open for the public to see, judge and strung them high on a pole. Taxpayer’s money is not an endless money pit to be abused by politicians and get away with it.

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MAIKA Screw-up Revisited


(“I’m innocent – I don’t know what happened to the Telekom shares. Besides, ACA have cleared me”. Image source: http://www.topnews.in)

MIC party polls are coming up in September…

And thus far, there is no clear challenge to the head honcho and his nominated men. At this juncture, Raja Petra of Malaysia Today revisited the Maika – Telekom share scandal from an interesting point of view:-

A bit about Maika. Maika Holdings was once touted as the miraculous economic vehicle to elevate the Indian poor from the shackles of poverty. Launched by MIC in 1982 as their investment arm, the original plan was to ensure that at least RM30 million worth of shares were subscribed to but so successful was the promotion campaign that by 1984, RM106 million was raised from almost 66,400 shareholders with SV being the largest shareholder with 2.8 million shares.

From then onwards, it was downhill all the way.

Read the whole post here

When one reads the sequence of events pertaining to the Maika Telekom shares fiasco, one would realise why MIC should continued to be denied from any representation and the wrongdoers in the Maika Telekom shares fiasco need to be caught, stripped naked and flogged by each of the 66,400 Maika shareholders.

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