Monday, October 5, 2009

Bagan Pinang indian voters want to see results, not recommendations or promises

Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said yesterday that Indian community had responded positively to a spate of initiatives created for them, especially through the cabinet committee on Indian affairs.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who chaired the committee's meeting last Monday, promised to ensure MIC's recommendations were studied and implemented where possible.
"These are not merely proposals but practical measures that would be met by the government, and the prime minister was very receptive to them," said Samy in Port Dickson.

Samy also said that many of the recommendations made by the MIC in previous meetings of the cabinet committee have been implemented.

Samy has nowadays been talking as if the Prime Minister Najib is the hope of the Indian community, the man who will deliver promises to help the Indian community. But he should realize that results speak louder than words.

Samy has to realise too that the Indian community , including the Indian voters of Bagan Pinang constituency want results and not recommendations and promises.

Despite his claim that the Indian voters had rejected the Barisan Nasional and not him, Samy knows very well that the Indian voters had voted for change due to their bitter disappointment with MIC and BN which had failed them.

In fact, Samy himself has openly admitted that the former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir has not done much for the Indian community .

It has been more than 18 months since the last general election when MIC candidates were heavily trounced. And Samy has continued to lead the MIC despite call for him to step down from his presidency.

The most important question today is therefore whether BN and MIC have taken the Indian voters' disappointment seriously since last year's general election.

Results is the best proof. Hence, Samy has to go to Bagan Pinang with a report card on what MIC has achieved for the Indian community since March last year to prove that MIC has understood and responded to the message sent by the Indian community through their votes in the last general election.

I therefore challenge the MIC to distribute its report card to the Indian community in Bagan Pinang and not to make announcement on what recommendations it has submitted to the Prime Minister.

Additionally, due to his controversial remarks that MIED and AIMST do not belong to MIC, Samy should reply to open criticisms raised by the former CEO of MIED , Chithirakala and former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam.

Chithirakala has said that Samy intends to take the party's past successful ventures with him. She told Malaysiakini that Samy will keep himself busy with the six of seven non-governmental organisations that he had established.

Samy's comments that "Just because I happened to be the MIC president, it does not mean that MIED and AIMST belong to MIC " has also been called a blatant lie by Subramaniam who that said it only confirmed rumours that the MIC president was planning to hijack the immensely valuable organisations held in trust for the party.

I believe that not only Chithirakala and Subramanaim want answers, the Indian community including the Bagan Pinanag Indian voters want answers too.

Samy cannot remain silent. He must reply to both Chithirakala and Subramaniam.

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