Samy Vellu wants to stay till 2015

By Baradan Kuppusamy, The Malaysian Insider

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who is battling to stay in power against the wishes of the Barisan Nasional (BN) and the Indian community, says he will stay on as party president until 2015, well past his 11th term as president.

In March Samy Vellu was “elected” unopposed as party president for a three-year term which expires in 2012, after his sole challenger Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan was disqualified because he did not have the required nominations.

His decision to stay on until 2015 is also well past the due date of next general election which must be called by 2013 but is expected much earlier

The 2015 time frame indicates Samy Vellu wants to re-contest in the Sungei Siput parliamentary constituency, which he had held since 1974 but lost to Parti Sosialis Malaysia leader Dr M. Jeyakumar last March.

“He wants to stay, win back Sungei Siput and retire in a blaze of glory,” said an MIC leader who attended the Sepang MIC meeting on Monday where Samy Vellu declared he would stay on

His declaration was front paged by the Makkal Osai Tamil daily today.

“We are all shocked by the declaration. He has the MIC in his grip and nobody dares challenge him. If he wants to stay then he stays…who can stop him?” the MIC leader said.

“The party leadership is in the grip of the Yes-men…the rest of us are all spectators,” the MIC leader said.

At the function to open the new Sepang MIC building, MIC sources said, Samy Vellu also lashed out at money politics and how certain leaders were simply buying up votes for as much as RM1,000 a delegate.

He did not name any person but it is no secret that some of the candidates contesting for the various posts are either multi-millionaires themselves or having the backing of millionaires.

Non-stop dinners at posh restaurants are the order of the day with cash in envelopes, air tickets and other “presents” thrown in to sweeten the high-end food.