Friday, February 29, 2008

Samy Vellu Flees From Protesters

Malaysian Indian Congress chief Samy Vellu had to cut his rally short after he was nearly accosted by more than 10 supporters of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) on Tuesday.

The incident took place at 1pm when Mr Samy Vellu arrived in a market in Prai, Penang, to canvass for votes, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The MIC chief, who is also the Works Minister, was about to begin his rally speech and press conference when the protesters marched up to him.

Despite the presence of 50 police officers, several of the protesters managed to break through Mr Samy Vellu's security detail.

The protesters wanted Mr Samy Vellu to discuss the problems facing the Indian community as well as to release Hindraf members who have been detained for demonstrating in Kuala Lumpur last November.

But when Mr Samy Vellu saw his accosters, he quickly escaped by hopping into his car and driving off to his next destination.

This only enraged the Hindraf supporters, who kept shouting at him, saying that he should not leave if he had not done anything wrong.

Mr Samy Vellu has been labelled a political liability after several embarrassing incidents.

Besides last November's protest, which accused the MIC of failing to protect the Indian community's welfare, the Works Ministry has been saddled with problems, from leaky roofs in the Malaysian Parliament House to cracks in a major highway in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to reporters, the Hindraf supporters said they had no intention of hurting Mr Samy Vellu.

Claiming that the Indian community is underprivileged, the Hindraf supporters said they just wanted 10 minutes of Mr Samy Vellu's time because they felt they deserved an explanation from him.

In a separate incident that evening, Mr Samy Vellu was forced to cancel a walkabout in Lunas, Kedah, after 3,000 Hindraf supporters demonstrated against his appearance there, reported Sin Chew Daily. The demonstrators had gathered there at 6.30pm, after getting wind of Mr Samy Vellu's appearance. More than 70 riot police officers were deployed to the scene.

The son of opposition politician N. Gobalakrishnan was among the protesters, and he and two others were detained.

The standoff continued until 7.45pm, when Mr Gobalakrishnan, who is the vice-president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, arrived at the scene and asked the police to release the detainees. Mr Gobalakrishnan was allowed to fetch his son from the Lunas Police Station.

At an earlier press conference, Mr Samy Vellu insisted that only a minority of Indians were dissatisfied with the Barisan Nasional coalition government.

He also said he believed that the BN could easily resolve the dissatisfaction of this minority. (The Electric New Paper)

***** What's surprising is Sam's tenacity and arrogance which shows no sign of diminishing. His attempt to downplay the incidents with his own interpretation of the embarrassing events is a trifle pathetic though.



Blogger Monsterball said...

Semi, Semi, Semi, when are you going to realise ITS TIME TO GO. LEAVE ! You have overstayed your welcome !

2:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MIC is going to be disgraced BIG time this GE! Semi Value has boasted many times that in the last GE, the MIC won all the seats they contested in.
Wouldn't it be a fitting reward to make sure they lose most if not all of the seats they contest in (starting with Sg. Siput of course!)?

8:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samy knows its time for him to go but he has a lot of unsettled work. Most of the them involve fixing his wrong doing . he does not trust Palanivel. Look at Pak Lah (Some time I wonder if he deserves the fondly title, Pak) he reveals a lot of dirt of Dr.M and Samy does not want the same fate

10:31 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even an old stray dog once chased will not come back again.
But this Paraiah Samy Oloo keep on coming despite the Indian community dislikes him forever.

11:39 PM GMT+8  
Blogger damian said...

Look at how many good man like Subramaniam, who really can contribute to the Indian society being disposed just because he was a threat to SV, then he have the cheek to say" I've to look for a suitable candidate to replace me" How lah? the moment a good one comes up, he is eliminated?

1:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIC will only be fine after Sammy leaves. There are good people in MIC but their hands are tied and all their good intentions thwarted. He has made it impossible for non-Tamil speaking, non-Hindu Indians to feel it is their party.It is malaysian INDIAN congress not Tamil, not Hindu.

10:40 AM GMT+8  

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