Samy Vellu booed on “live” TV; are his political days numbered?

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MIC president Samy Vellu was booed and publicly humiliated when he turned up to officiate at the Aattam 100 Vagai 3 (100 types of dance) performance at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) last night.

Sources tell me the crowd of 2,000-3,000 shouted obscenities at him including “po-dah” (the rude version of “get lost”) and he didn’t get a chance to complete his speech. One source told me he was surprised to hear that the women in the audience appeared more aggressive in admonishing Samy.

Bear in mind, this was a cultural event and not a political forum, so it would have been attended by a diverse crowd of Indian Malaysians – who have now become politically awakened as never before.

The event was supposed to be telecast “live” by Astro Vaanavil (Channel 201) and beamed to India, Singapore, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Apart from Astro, the media partners supporting the dance show were Sri Lanka Rupavhini (TV) Corporation, Jaya TV India, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation and Media-Corp TV12 Singapore Pte. Ltd. So Samy’s image in the region would have suffered more than a little dent.

Earlier yesterday, Samy Vellu was huddled with Penang MIC division heads in a closed-door meeting at the Equatorial Hotel near Pisa, probably discussing the Hindraf developments. I gather that 40-50 outsiders, probably Hindraf supporters, were prevented from nearing the hotel during the day.

Such is the anger on the ground among Indian Malaysians that Samy Vellu’s political days could well be numbered. In fact, I would say he has become a major political liability for the BN – but then who else have they got in the MIC? Then again, it’s not any single individual that Indian Malaysians are upset about (though Samy is probably the focal point of their frustration in view of scandals such as the Maika fiasco) – it’s the whole system they are railing against: the sense of being economically marginalised and disempowered for so long (in the same way that many other Malaysians of other ethnic groups are).

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If at the last general election, the MIC delivered 80-90 per cent of the Indian Malaysian vote to the Barisan, several Indian Malaysians I have met are predicting that this time the MIC would be hard-pressed to deliver even 10 per cent.

That may be wishful thinking – and an underestimation of the BN “machinery” and mastery of racial politicking – but all indications are that the MIC is going to suffer a serious setback at the polls. (It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out!) And that could spell trouble for the BN in a string of constituencies, especially in areas where the majorities were wafer-thin in the 2004 general election.

Meanwhile, Anwar Ibrahim has been hitting the hustings in Penang over the weekend, holding a series of talks and forums in the state. From what I hear, he has been drawing significant multi-ethnic turnouts at some of these events including a session with Indian Malaysian squatters in Bukit Gelugor who are facing eviction. He promised them that, if elected, he would try and do something about their plight.

He appears to be having some impact, working the ground. Have a look at this Malaysiakini videoclip to see the rapport he has struck with Indian Malaysians at an earlier rally in Jalan Kebun, Klang on 14 Dec attended by 4,000 people.

The BN has good reason to be worried. All of a sudden, cracks are appearing in the BN fold and the juggernaut appears to be creaking. Will Samy dare to show up at any other public event in the future? Stay tuned…

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rueben
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rueben

yes of course wat i read in tis website but i just few comment about dato seri s.samy vellu we just c he also 1 indian we wanna we commite that indian commite must becum chinese commite we c thier commite very well.we must becum 1 indian family.now eyerone can say that thier can help indian commite after thier have politic power thier also will co d same thing.think propley and we all indian must becum a good commite.i wanna we are commite must becum example like malay and chinese commite.if anything wrong my words i am sorry.

Li Huat Chai
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Li Huat Chai

Samy Vellu is one of the most hated persons in Malaysia.

The most thick skinned person i hv ever seen.

A person without shame.

Even though such person is wealthy but is a
failure in life just opposite to RPK, loved by
everyone (of course except UMNO).

sugaray
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sugaray

I have a acronym for BN Bandaraya National; The BN seem to be carrying too much rubbish…

jerrymandering
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jerrymandering

Let’s hope makkal sakthi (people power) can get rid of Samy V!

jerrymandering
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jerrymandering
Everyone especially us Indians should support Dr.Jeyakumar who is challenging Samy V. Sg Siput as he has done in previous elections. We should all “turun padang” to Sg Siput to help Dr.Jeyakumar’s election calmpaign to ensure that the Samy V. is kicked out by the people in Sg Siput. BTW, Dr. Jeyakumar has done a lot to help the poor squatters and estate wokers in Sg Siput. Samy V won the last election coz he (was alleged to have) brought in many phantom voters in busloads and postal votes. Besides the mainstream media, the postal votes is one way BN… Read more »
chuckmoore
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chuckmoore

Well, it took the HINDRAF leaders to be detained under ISA and the Barisan government to violently suppress the peaceful HINDRAF to wake the Indian community up against the Barisan’s Corruption.

May not one Indian vote for the Barisan’s Corruption in the upcoming general elections.

Vote opposition, any opposition but never Barisan’s Corruption

Myke
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Myke

Reject BN.

vinas
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vinas

Why support another malay mr ramesh nair? what can he do?He can look into our problem, only that.solution….??? I’m not supporting BN or samy either.Vote for all the indians under any banner as our reps.A malay rep under BN banner think….. if a DAP is there go for them, as what we did in teluk intan once in a by election. PPP just another BN agenda and actors

muthu
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muthu

ooi ……………… PISA stageiuk……BOO…..BOOO…BOOOOOO……
WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE OUR MAKKAL …GIVE A DAMM “SLAP”
TO MIC LEADERS…… WE ALL MUST SHOW OUR POWER ON COMING ELECTION………………

RAMESH NAIR
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RAMESH NAIR

SAMY YOUR (POLITICAL) DOOMS DAY HAS COME….(deleted)… IF YOU STILL WIN THEN I WILL STOP GOING TO TEMPLE. ANWAR YOU ARE THE SAVIOUR FOR THE INDIANS.

Rao
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Rao

Nice to see comments around but need to understand that a lot of educated Indian which are making noise are not registed as a voter.
And majority votes are still kat kampung and estate which still thinking MIC is great as in 1957 which stand for Indians.
Please encourage all the young Indians to register in SPR soon.
Too many case against Samy which he have to clear before he step down. So he will remain in MIC until all the cases he can clear.
Only way is support PAS or DAP or PKR.

Devan N
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Devan N
This time around BN will not be able to hoodwink the Malaysian Indians with its “machinery” and its mastery of racial politics. They ignored the glaring plight of the Malaysian Indians for far too long at their own peril. Pretending that they did not know of the plight of the Malaysian Indians and need committes to study their plight now, only confirm that they are hypocrites and makes the Malaysian Indians to distrust the BN even more. The Malaysian Indians should teach the BN a lesson so that they will learn a lesson from this and treat the other minorities… Read more »
aandavan
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aandavan
When samy is down and out for good, that day will be indians’ my new deepavali day…………. (samy is king narageswaran no.2) He keeps saying that, he did, did, and did many things for indians but surely he did for one indian and that is, himself. He (allegedly) took all the good that all indians in malaysia could have enjoyed, e.g TM shares for MAIKA. Only one issue i know of but such a cruel guy could have done many bad things, surely…. If anyone says that, indians will be chased out of this country if samy looses in the… Read more »
DC
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DC

correct,!correct! correct!. Ya, Ya, Ya!

Chitra
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Chitra

These (Hindraf rally, Samy Vellu booing, Indian Awakening) are the best things to happen to the Indians a loong time. Let’s keep the momentum going. For according to Newton, when an object is moved from inertia, it will keep going for quite some time, and THAT’s what WE need!

das
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das

dear friends,,,,

if we realy love our 5 leaders in ISA we should do more n more ,
not only to samy vellu but also his kuncu kuncu the MIC IPF n new kuncu PPP.
let some ladies (deleted) on samy vellu n the gang

devdas
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devdas

Ayoyo….Samy… Inga pu renggeh? Balik la….. Porrah. Pencen. ” Saya berjanji akan menjaga dan menaikkan darjat orang orang India di negara ini…” that was in 1995 when Scrappy Velu gave his speech in Perak. 12 years on, where is the fruit of his promises? Elek!

stevie boy
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stevie boy

That old man should be scraped long time back. Still not too late to kick him out, for good.

David
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David

Australia kicked out John Howard despite a strong economy and the lowest unemployment in thirty years. He was seen as being arrogant and cocky. As for Samy Vellu he should have been kicked out years ago by Dr.M if the MIC failed to do so. What legacy has he to show for his long tenure as President of MIC?

raja
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raja

Thanks to Penang makkals for booing samy velu publicly, I hope this booing should not be stopped. KL makkals must boo him in the next Thaipusam festival Batu caves where he gives speech.

cik ani strawberry
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cik ani strawberry

Why the Malaysian especially the Indians waiting so long to realise that Samy Vellu is Semi Value and Scrape Value?

samynovelu
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samynovelu

No matter what, Indian still support BN in the next GE. Without Samy, Indian will go no where.

Citizen
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Citizen

I guess Semi Value days are numbered .

Think carefully
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Think carefully

I think the frustrated will have to think very carefullfy of their actions. Because who do you think can talk with the government and the government will listen to him. It is a very thin line here

R.Rama Chandran
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R.Rama Chandran

If I were Samy Vellu ( indeed I would not be him!) I would say enough is enough and leave the scene gracefully. RR