Samy Vellu To Meet India's Leaders To Explain Our Situation. Isn't This Inviting Interference In Our Affairs Nazri?
Samy Vellu, who is also MIC president, said he would undertake a similar effort with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister S. Karunanidhi.
He said that in view of negative publicity arising from the Nov 25 illegal street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur involving a group of Indian Malaysians, he would explain to the two leaders the 'actual position' of the Indian community in Malaysia.
He hoped to meet the Indian prime minister on the sidelines of the Pravasi Barathiya Divas 2008 conference beginning Jan 7 which is an annual gathering of people of Indian origin from all over the world. He would also meet the Tamil Nadu chief minister here within the next few days, he said.
Samy Vellu said it was not true that Indians in Malaysia were deprived of so many things and that many Hindu temples had been demolished arbitrarily.
"Some of the temples were demolished because of court orders as they were built illegally," he said, adding that many of the temples were 'relocated' to alternative sites.
He also said that the Malaysian government had 'created many opportunities' for Indian Malaysians and many were doing well in various fields.
Samy Vellu expressed hope that his explanation to the Indian government would clear up any misunderstanding over the issue.
***** Since when did Samy Vellu usurp the position of the High Commissioner for India to Malaysia? It is the duty of the Indian mission here to apprise their leaders in New Delhi about whatever is going on in our country and not the business of a Malaysian cabinet minister, whether he be of Indian origin or not.
If any official message is to be communicated, we have a full-fledged Malaysian high commission in Delhi staffed by experienced diplomats who can do the job far better than any sycophantic political specimen. Samy Vellu is not a mandore of some estate who has to report to his Tuan in Delhi with a latex cup in hand.
What does Nazri who had earlier cautioned a politician in India to "keep off" and not interfere in Malaysia's domestic affairs have to say about the subservient stance taken by Sam? Is this not an invitation for the government of India to meddle in our politics? Especially since the federal leadership at Delhi has already made it clear that they have no intention of involving themselves in what they consider a totally Malaysian problem? Shouldn't the voluble Nazri be screaming his head off and demanding that the traitor Samy Vellu be kicked out of Barisan? It won't happen because Nazri is a smalltime bully who generally avoids fights with anyone bigger than him.
Basically Sam is trying to make the best of a bad situation by attempting to elicit some sympathy from Indian leaders. After the brutal suppression of the Hindraf rally and the subsequent visit to India by one Hindraf's senior men, Samy Vellu's reputation and credibility in the motherland started dwindling and it was a matter of time before he lost all goodwill from the big guns in Delhi and Chennai.
Whoever holds the office of MIC president is in a fortunate position where Indian officialdom is concerned. Doors which normally are shut to the average citizen and even senior Malaysian cabinet ministers and officers are silently opened and the incumbent is treated with respect and dignity for he is considered as the highest representative of the Malaysian 'section' of the Indian diaspora and is invited to major functions and even exclusive family receptions and celebrations of Indian leaders. It is the Indian government's oft-stated policy that they will not interfere in our affairs and they firmly stick to that assurance. But they do have great concerns about Indians everywhere including the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and the citizens of foreign countries of Indian origin like Samy Vellu. And the leadership there is said to have deep ties with influential Indians here. The advantages and benefits enjoyed by a president of the MIC by being close to highly-placed Indian politicians is 'bounteous'.
Therefore one is not wrong in suspecting that Sam's request for appointments with the top leadership there (which is surely to be granted by virtue of his post) is a desperate damage control exercise intended to bolster his standing and keep intact the goodwill of the Tuan2 in India. It is definitely not due to any out-of-character altruistic intention or desire on his part.
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