Samy Vellu incensed with Palanivel and Subramaniam over his ‘winnable’ comment

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Former MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu is incensed with party president Datuk Seri G.Palanivel and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam over the ‘winnable candidate’ issue.

He believed they misconstrued his declaration on Wednesday – the day the Parliament was dissolved – when he stated he was a “winnable candidate” for the Sungai Siput parliamentary constituency, in reply to a reporter’s question.

In response to Palanivel’s earlier statement that Samy Vellu would not be contesting in the polls, the latter said he had not made a request to Palanivel to be nominated for the seat in the coming 13th general election.

“Palanivel and Dr Subramaniam have misunderstood my statement at a media conference during the handing-over of donations to the families of the slain warriors of Lahad Datu, Sabah in Bukit Aman.

“It is true that I told the reporters that I had no doubt I was a winnable candidate, but that doesn’t mean that I had requested Palanivel that I wanted to re-contest in Sungai Siput,” he said in a statement.

Samy Vellu said he was saddened over their statements as the statements did not reflect his true intentions.

“They (Palanivel and Dr Subramaniam) should have called me first to find out what transpired at the media conference (in Bukit Aman) before shooting off their mouth,” he said, adding that the duo had shown immaturity in politics by ‘jumping the gun’.

“I had fought political battles for the duo (Palanivel and Subramaniam) in the MIC when I was the party president.

“They must remember that they are where they are today because of the political battles which I fought for them,” he said.

Samy Vellu said as he was entrusted by Najib to be the BN Coordinator for Sungai Siput, he would ensure that BN would wrest back the seat, irrespective of who the BN candidate would be.

“I will continue to work in Sungai Siput to deliver what has been entrusted on me by Najib,” he added.

Samy Vellu was the member of parliament for Sungai Siput for more than three decades since 1974, until he lost his stronghold seat to Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj of the Socialist Party Malaysia (PSM) by a 1,821-vote majority, in the 2008 general election. — BERNAMA