In his article today, Bardaran Kuppusamy said that when the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib made his symbolic pitch to the Indian community at Batu Caves on Sunday, MIC President Dato Seri Samy Vellu was the most notable absentee.
Bardaran wrote" his absence appears to indicate a distancing in ties between the Najib Administration and the traditional MIC leadership dominated by Samy Vellu."
Has Samy become such a liability to the BN coalition? Is this also the beginning of the end of Sammy's political leadership?
I believe many people will answer yes to the above two questions without much hesitation.
It is true that Samy was attending a MIC function in Perak on the same day. But he could have postponed it. Why did he not postpone it and accompany Najib to the Batu Caves event?
It certainly defies logic that Samy would want to miss being in the Prime Minister's company at such a big Indian event. It thus gives rise to conclusion that his absence is more of a case of a distancing in ties between him and the Prime Minister.
It has been a BN's traditional practice to rely on MIC to garner the Indian votes. But Najib should know better that he cannot depend on Samy Vellu or MIC anymore.
In fact, Samy was BN's biggest political liability in the last general election.Yet he is still clinging on to MIC presidency.
I will not be surprised that in more upcoming programmes where it has been a traditional practice for the MIC President to accompany the Prime Minister, Samy will be most noted absentee.
The earlier Samy can accept the fact that he has become a political liability whom the Prime Minister has to distance from , the less embarrassment he has to suffer.
He should seriously consider doing what is right and required--step down gracefully from the MIC presidency. Be like Tun Ling Leong Sik who upon retiring from MCA has now moved on to be the head in the MCA educational arm.