KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has refuted a news report that the party sought a senatorship for him so he could become a minister.
Samy Vellu said the appointment of ministers was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s prerogative.
“It is utter rubbish and very mischievous,” he said.
He was rebutting an online portal report that said he was “sulking” because he was not appointed a senator,
“The writer is a liar of the first order who is used to writing imaginary nonsense in order to belittle people who refuse to entertain him,” he said when contacted yesterday.
He said he submitted the names of party secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam for the minister’s post and Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan for deputy ministers’ posts to Najib last Wednesday.
He added he would not tolerate any more nonsense from the journalist and had directed his lawyers to take action against him.
On reports that MIC was studying a proposal to withdraw its minister and two deputy ministers from the Government as a protest over the lack of importance accorded to the Indian community, Samy Vellu said it would be discussed by the party’s Central Working Committee on Thursday.
He added that he would also seek an appointment with Najib.
On whether the party was disappointed that it did not get the Works Ministry portfolio, he said there was nothing to be upset about because it was the decision of the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Putera MIC coordinator P. Kamalanathan said it could not be denied that a large segment of the Indian community was dissatisfied with the Government and the party over many issues.
He said the issues that were points of contention include better Indian representation in the civil service, more seats for critical courses in public universities and more aid and help for Indian entrepreneurs.
Kamalanathan said it would serve the Government to seriously look into these issues.