Samy Vellu - should get out now before being kicked out

KUALA LUMPUR: Sacked MIC Youth deputy chief V Mugilan today announced the formation of the Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu (GAS) movement to topple the party president.

Addressing a packed press conference at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya, Mugilan said he will be the coordinator of the movement, which will launch a campaign to force Samy Vellu to quit.

He will launch the campaign -- known by its acronym as GAS -- on May 30 in Kuala Lumpur with several MIC top guns.

Mugilan expects more than 7,000 people to participate on the first day of the campaign, which will subsequently be held nationwide.

"GAS will not only be for the Indians but also the Malays and Chinese," he said.

Observers, however, were left disappointed as expectations were high that Mugilan will be announcing something more "explosive" as reported by the media.

"This looks like a bombshell which failed to explode," quipped one senior MIC leader.

'Work of Subra'

In an immediate reaction, MIC Youth adviser and Samy Vellu's son Vell Paari termed GAS as nothing more than "hot gas" from Mugilan and those aligned to him.

He also accused former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam of being the force behind this campaign, saying that GAS should stand for "Group Aligned to Subramaniam" instead.

"This is nothing new. Subramaniam has been trying to do this for 30 years, and now and then he finds someone to do the work for him. Now, Mugilan is the new puppet," he told FMT.

"Let me make one thing clear: my father will vacate his post, and others will succeed him. But Subramaniam will never become president of MIC and he has to live with this fact," he added.

Vell Paari also took a swipe at Mugilan, saying that it is in the latter's "genetic make-up" to do such things.

"When he was in Bell Club, he did the same to the president there, he then did the same to (MIC deputy president (G Palanivel) in Hulu Selangor and he was doing the same in MIC Youth by undermining the wing's chief T Mohan," he said.

Palani: Let Samy decide

In a related development, Palanivel said since the MIC president has set his retirement date, all quarters should work together to ensure a smooth transition.

"In the past, I have said that Samy Vellu has to be the one to decide when he wants to leave. Now that he has set the time, let us work together.

"As for me, I have said in the past that I am a leader in my own right and I will like to work with everyone," he added.

On the question as to whether he is ready to take over, the deputy president said: "The answer is simple. When the delegates voted for me in 2006 and 2009 as deputy president, I am sure they were voting for someone who is capable and experienced."

He added that Samy Vellu has always said that he has the capability of taking over the leadership reins.
Duo who asked Samy Vellu to step down sacked

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has sacked Central Working Committee members KP Samy and G. Kumar Aamaan for 'acting against party interests', party sources said.

The duo had asked party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to step down.

KP Samy and Kumar Aamaan confirmed receiving their expulsion letters Monday evening.

Both had backed former party youth deputy leader V. Mugilan, who was sacked last week, in demanding that Samy Vellu vacate his post as soon as possible.

KP Samy said his letter was similar to the one Mugilan received that quoted articles 14.2.1 and 58(2) of the party constitution.

He said he would be holding a press conference on his next course of action.

When contacted, Kumar Aamaan said the public would sympathise with him over his sacking.

“God will know what to do and the Prime Minister will decide what action to take,” he added.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) lodged a police report against the Anti-Samy Vellu Movement (GAS) fearing the movement's actions could spark outrage in the Indian community.

Kuala Lumpur Development Crime Prevention and Anti-Drugs Volunteer Force Organisation PREVENT) president Jeevan S. Ramamurthy said he fears the movement's claim that they would distribute a CD of Samy Vellu.

“We are worried that this video would be damaging and seditious in nature and as such cause serious unrest within the Indian community,” he said after lodging the report at the Brickfields police station on Monday.

He urged the police to investigate the contents of the video and act on it if the contents were deemed offensive.

Jeevan also urged the police to take action against the movement's organisers if they continued with their plan to organise a gathering without a permit scheduled to be held on May 30.

A group of disgruntled MIC grassroots leaders, including sacked deputy Youth leader V. Mugilan, had announced the plans to set up the movement on Saturday to push for the immediate resignation of the party president.

Mugilan said the movement, to be launched on May 30, would explain to party members and Malaysians in general, why Samy Vellu should resign as president.

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