Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Samy Vellu - letting go is ultimate sacrifice
MIC President Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu is under siege after failing to stop one of his delegates from suggesting that a garland of slippers be given as a gift to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Samy Vellu, in statements issued after the slipper issue was highlighted by Utusan Malaysia, said he had ordered the delegate to cease talking about Tun M in such deragotary tone during last weekend's MIC annual assembly. Yesterday, he said he had taken disciplinary action on the delegate, after he had been lambasted left, right and centre. He would have been spared the strong public criticisms if he had taken disciplinary action before the matter was made public. It seems that his action came a little too late. Everyone is now waiting for his next move - quit as suggested by some quarters, or stay on and lead the party he had helmed since 1981. It's been suggested that Samy Vellu may need to sacrifice himself to save the party he loved so much. Samy Vellu won't quit on the strength of the slipper issue but many believe that now is as good a time to quit as ever.