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Indrani Samy Vellu interview

October 1st, 2009
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This is exclusive interview by Malaysiakini with Samy Vellu’s wife Indrani. Very rare to get her interview on online or non-Tamil media. Let’s see what she says about the issues affecting her family now:

Since her husband’s defeat in the last general election, Indrani Samy Vellu has kept a low profile. But now, she feels compelled to voice her thoughts in the wake of the mounting criticisms against her husband of 49 years.

What hurt her most were the scathing remarks by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom she considers to be almost like family. [lesson: there’s no permanent friends in politics]

In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini yesterday, Indrani, 69, said it was not proper for Mahathir to state, among others, that in Japan, defeated leaders would have committed ‘harakiri’ (killed themselves).

He did not say it directly… but what if he (Samy Vellu) had taken it seriously. It may not affect my husband but such statements do leave an impact on our family,” she said.

Indrani also disagreed with Mahathir and others describing her husband as a liability for Barisan Nasional.

“He (Samy Vellu) lost his parliamentary seat (in Sungai Siput) once (in the last general election) because of certain events, including some who worked towards ensuring his defeat.

But he was not the only BN leader who lost… so why single him out?” she asked. [biasalah, need a scapegoat.]

Indrani, who repeatedly stressed that Mahathir is a great leader whom she and her husband admired, called on the former premier and other BN leaders to be more judicious in their criticism.

Why didn’t they say something sooner?

“He (Samy Vellu) is not saying that he will not step down as MIC president. He will step down when the time is right.

“Other coalition party members also suffered major losses, so it is not acceptable to say that BN’s failure is because of Samy Vellu alone,” she said during interview which was conducted in Tamil.

“The BN leaders are now saying that he has not done anything for the community but nobody seems to remember the years he sacrificed to bring upliftment to the community,” she said. [maybe too many years already, so cannot focus on the “many” achievements and “upliftments”!]

“Samy Vellu was not the only minister in the cabinet, there were other ministers and there was the prime minister… if they are saying now that he failed the community, why didn’t they say something sooner or reprimand him for lagging? [ something about outliving its purpose comes to mind]

He did all he can to help the people… but sometimes you have to help yourself too, he can’t be knocking on everyone’s door to give aid. All we can do is teach them how to fish and feed themselves, we cannot be spoon feeding them,” she added. [true indeed. but when others get spoon-fed, one tends to ask “why not me?”]

The mother of two also stressed that her husband was a man of his own making, who worked very hard to get to where he is today.

On the claim that Samy Vellu was grooming their son Vell Paari to enter politics, Indrani said that was up to her husband.

Breaking into laughter, she quipped that Samy Vellu, whom she described as being a temperamental person, never even gave her a single award.

“When I asked to be recommended for an honorary title, he asked me why do I need one and where do I plan to stick it (the badge),” she said.

“But then, is it wrong for Vell Paari to come into politics? The other politicians also groom their children to be leaders one day. [Yes of course. every one have the right to groom their children, especially to follow the footsteps]

“My husband knows that Vell Paari has the capability and my son does contribute to society without any publicity,” she added.

Vell Paari is not a cruel person

Meanwhile, Indrani was also asked about her son being implicated in the death of drama actress K Sujatha.

Frankly speaking I hardly knew her. But to say my son had forced the poison down her throat is ridiculous,” she said, adding that Vell Paari was incapable of such cruelty.

She recalled how her son had even balked at the idea of slaughtering a chicken to cook a meal at home, and this was one of the reasons why he opted to pursue architecture instead of medicine. [this is quite subjective and possibly irrelevant. desperate people can do desperate things. Anyway, inquest already ruled it was suicide, and any personal relationship between employer and employee may have not contributed to the suicide.]

“Her (Sujatha’s) own family members had testified that she committed suicide, if that was not the truth wouldn’t they fight for justice,” she asked.

Indrani also lashed out at PKR MP S Manikavasagam who had pursued the matter, saying that it was a political ploy to attack the father by using the son as a scapegoat.

She also took a Tamil daily to task for running reports on the Sujatha case by splashing photographs of the deceased.

It was wrong of them to disrespect the girl in that way. They could have run the stories without using her photos, but they chose to print all sorts of photos in order to attract readers,” she said. [morally not good, but newspaper will claim need to sell the paper la..wonder why the family never sue the papers]

Ex-MIED CEO gets a lashing

Indrani also defended her husband against the accusations by P Chithirakala Vasu, the former chief executive officer of MIC’s education arm MIED.

Last week, Chithirakala said that Samy Vellu will leave behind an ‘empty shell‘ for his chosen successor G Palanivel.

Commenting on this, Indrani sarcastically said that while she lauded Chithirakala’s concern for Palanivel’s future, the former MIED CEO should not forget that she was given the ‘Thirupathi Undiyal’ by her husband.

Thirupathi is a holy shrine in India, where the ‘undiyal’ or donation box is known for raking in millions of dollars.

He had given her the utmost respect and treated her like a daughter… But she now makes all these baseless allegations against him, the man who sponsored her education and gave her everything that she has today,” she said.

According to Indrani, Chithirakala left MIED some three years ago after expressing unhappiness with Samy Vellu.

Then she asked for her job back and despite my disapproval, he forgave her saying that she was a young girl who did not know better, and took her back.

“But look at how ungrateful she is, and now she makes all sorts of accusations against my husband,” she added.

Hmm…what can I say. Once in politics, have to brace for back-stabbing, scandals, political manoeuvring, gossips, challenging decision-making, ethics, morality. Never an easy job.

defaulters owe MIED RM60 million!

May 14th, 2009
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In July 2007, it was RM30 million. At that time, the plan was to issue legal notice to defaulters.

March last year, it was announced that only 34% of the RM86 million (about Rm23 million) has been collected back and about 2000 people were served with legal notices.

In February this year, MIEd said it will sue some 4000 borrowers to reclaim some money.

Yesterday, the default amount has ballooned to RM60 million!

Education loan defaulters owe the MIC about RM60mil and the party-owned Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) will come down hard on defaulters.

According to MIC president and MIED chairman Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, only RM34,907,357.83 has been repaid from loans amounting to around RM90mil.

“Legal action will be taken against the defaulters and the guarantors,” he said during the MIED’s second cheque presentation ceremony of the year at Dynasty Hotel yesterday.

“Their names will be blacklisted to prevent them from obtaining other loans and they will also be slapped with travel bans.”

Samy Vellu added that around 95% of students tried to avoid repayment and some even went to the extent of changing their addresses after completing their studies.

MIED, the educational arm of MIC, has disbursed around RM90mil through 12,500 study loans for around 9,500 students since its inception in 1984.

The MIED stopped approving loans of RM40,000 and above in March last year as many borrowers had difficulty repaying them.

Loans amounting to RM1,171,270 were handed out to 143 varsity students yesterday.

Medical students took the lion’s share totalling RM692,000, followed by dentistry students at RM106,500, while engineering students were given RM75,000.

This is one of those cases where MIC is let down by the community instead of the other way around. Shameful indeed that we have so many people who are evading paying back the money which can be used for other students.

MIED Award for top achievers

April 27th, 2009
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Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), the educational arm of the MIC will honour outstanding students of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations last year.

MIED chairman Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the annual President’s Merit Award would be given to Indian students who scored 8A1s and above in SPM and 4As and above in STPM.

“It is to recognise their achievements and to spur them and others to excel further in their studies,” said Samy Vellu, who is also the MIC president.

This is the ninth consecutive year where MIED has been awarding the President’s Merit Award to high achievers.

Students are invited to submit their applications to the MIED by attaching copies of their results, identity card, a passport-size photograph as well as their name, home address and contact number.

Successful candidates will be decided by the President’s Merit Award Committee and would be notified by post.

All applications must reach the MIED office at 1st floor, Menara Manickavasagam, No 1 Jalan Rahmat, 50350 Kuala Lumpur not later than May 8, 2009.

For further information, please contact Ms Kavitha or Ms Vanitha at 03-4044 7584 or 03-4044 7453 or fax 03-4045 6377.

– from The Star

Samy gives statement to police

March 14th, 2009
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The Star:

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has given a statement in connection with the alleged discrepancies of over RM5mil in the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) accounts.

It is learnt that the 73-year-old veteran politician went to the Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) office in Bukit Perdana Friday afternoon and spent about two hours assisting police in their investigations.

CCID director Comm Datuk Koh Hong Sun confirmed that his officers recorded Samy Vellu’s statement but declined to elaborate as investigations were in progress. Police have so far traced and ordered a bank to freeze more than RM2.8mil from a top MIED executive’s account.


MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was at the federal police headquarters here today to give a statement over allegations of financial mismanagement in the building and running of the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University in Kedah.

Commercial Crime Investigation director at Bukit Aman, Datuk Koh Hong Sun, confirmed Samy Vellu’s appearance at the department at 10.30am and that a statement was taken from him.

“I decline to comment further as the investigation is still going on,”he said when contacted.

MIEd to sue 4000 borrowers

February 13th, 2009
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MIED is getting tough since its not being able to get the borrowers to pay back. I remember few years back, MARA took some drastic measures like publishing the defaulters name, asking to be blacklisted so that cannot leave the country, sending lawyer notice etc. MIC may have to do the same as well in MIED’s case.

9000/12,500 is a mindblowing 72% default rate!

RM90 million / 9000 students is averaging RM10,000 per student.

ABOUT 4,000 students who have failed to repay their loans to MIED, theducational arm of the MIC, will be blacklisted and taken to court, reported Tamil Nesan.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said that the MIED had given educational loans to 12,500 students since 1984 and about 9,000 had failed to repay their loans which amounted to RM90mil.

He said MIED decided recently that in future, students would only be given a maximum of RM40,000 for the first year and for the subsequent years, it would depend on their educational grades.

He said MIED also decided that parents should start repaying the loans after six months even when their children were studying and need not wait till they completed their studies.

However, the part where parents have to start repayment after 6 months of loan disbursement is a bit hard since some of the borrowers may be from low income families.