Samy Vellu: ‘Indian community fed up with Barisan, not with me’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Sep 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu lashed out at his critics, saying the Indian community did not vote for Barisan Nasional as it was fed with the coalition and not with him.

"During my time, they said people were fed up with me, that is why the Indian community did not vote for Barisan Nasional. It is not that they are fed with me, but they are fed up with Barisan.

"I can directly say I am not afraid of anybody..(by) saying it. I will say right in front of anybody's face.

“The amount of resolutions, letters, connections, talking to departments, all these we have done but nothing materialises.

"It has been going on year after year and now the bubble has burst," he told reporters when visiting the media room at the MIC general assembly here.

Samy Vellu, who was criticised for staying too long in power, also took a swipe at former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his statements against him.

"He said I did not do anything, that is why he did not give anything. These are words of convenience. I can produce bunches of letters, I can even put up an exhibition.

"I am a person who is not afraid to work or ask anyone for what I want."

However, he admitted that he was not popular.

"I won't say I am popular. I am not popular. I am doing my job not to become popular," he added.

Samy Vellu defended his actions in helping the community, including meeting up to 800 people a week, and blamed the previous governments for not listening.

"The Indians were wounded for many years and there was no pragmatic approach by the government to see what the problem was.

“Now we are interested to see that something has to be done. If this was done five, 10 or 15 years ago, what has happened today, will not happen.

"I will never say I have failed in achieving anything. But I have failed in making the government at that time to understand the plight of the people.

"They were very strong, particularly Dr Mahathir's government was very strong but did not listen," he added.

However, he acknowledged the assistance given by Dr Mahathir in giving the party money to build its college and university but said there was no organised activity to uplift the community's poverty stricken areas.

Samy Vellu lauded former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for setting a 7.4% quota for Indian recruitment in the civil service.

He also praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib for looking into the problems of the Indian community.

"The assistance is a bit late but it is still good as it indicates that the new Prime Minister and his government are prepared to have a relook at the problems faced by Indians," he said.

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