KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Deputy Chief Minister Prof P. Ramasamy has challenged MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to an open debate on contributions to the Indian community.
“The debate should be held before the April 7 by-election in Bukit Selambau so that the electorate can make a decision,” he said.
Ramasamy, who is the Batu Kawan MP, was commenting on Samy Vellu’s statement that his (Ramasamy’s) appointment had not benefited the Indian community and that it was a sheer waste, based on his zero performance.
“His remarks are a joke. I am puzzled whether Samy Vellu is still an effective representative of the community as he had lost his Sungai Siput parliamentary seat,” he said.
Ramasamy said Pakatan Rakyat had more Indian representatives in Parliament compared with Barisan and the MIC, and it could not be denied that a substantial number of Indians had largely voted in favour of the Opposition.
“In fact, Pakatan Rakyat has done more for the Indian community in the past 11 months since coming to power than Barisan had in 50 years. I do not go around boasting that I am the representative of Indians and my reputation has never been tainted by scandals,” he said.
On the allegation that he was not representing a single community, Ramasamy said he had always maintained that he had contested on a multiracial platform.
“Samy Vellu may think he represents the Indians. I would like to think that I represent Malaysians,” he said.