THIRTY YEARS OF SAMY VELLU



It is a great wonder to observe the ongoing political scenario in Malaysia. But then if one looks into the political drama that is acted out by the President of the Malaysian Indian Congress(MIC), it can be both, fascinating on the one hand and disgusting on the other to observe the “fascism” of Samy Vellu’s reign of rule in this racial based component party of the Barisan National.

This man gives the impression that without him, the ethnic Indians would have no place in Malaysia. As such, he is indispensable.He fails to realise that in the thirty or more years that he held the helm of the party, he has done virtually nothing constructive to elevate the Indians from their poverty traps. The social standing of the ethnic Indians leaves much to be desired, and is at an all time low.

Now, when Samy Vellu is being criticized by his own party members, he behaves like a master strategist and endeavous to play to the gallery that he is a fearless politician and bellows out hot air which serves no purpose, by making claims that he will never bow to any form of pressure. He makes it appear that even if Najib tells him that he has become a liability to the United Malay National Organisation(UMNO), he will not step down as the President of the MIC.

What he fails to realise is the fact that his party has become moribund. Just like the Malaysian Chinese Association(MCA). The political landscape has been remodeled. The voting populace is now more in favour of a multiracial and multicultural party. The people have had enough with racial politics.

Under these prevailing political scenario Samy Vellu looks more like a Bollyhood comedian in the eyes of all right thinking people within his party in particular and the nation in general.

Here it may be appropriate to view Samy Vellu’s current standing and have a peep into the play of William Shakespeare “As you like it”. There is a part in Scene VI which may depict Samy.

Duke S. Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy;
This wide and universal theater
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play in.

Jaques. All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

So we as observes can clearly see with a sober mind, that Samy has played his part. Now all forms of allegations are being hurled against him both from within his own party and from the outside.

His challengers have time and again been truncated. He has returned time and again as the President. At the March 2008 general election, he lost the Parliamentary Seat of Sungai Siput.

Whilst Samy may be of the belief that nobody can tell him what to do, he has to be sober in his observations of where the standing of his party is in relation to the current prevailing political dynamics at play.

It is apparent and clear that thirty or more years at the helm of a party and in politics is long enough. Samy has nothing new to contribute towards change in any form. He has virtually become redundant in the current political matrix. He should gracefully hand over the reigns of power to his Deputy and retire, before he is forced out of office.

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One Response to “THIRTY YEARS OF SAMY VELLU”

  1. boscopa Says:

    Yes. I am the author of this post.

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