What G.Palanivel (whose post as MIC Deputy president hangs by a verrry thin string) said today.
Palanivel: Dr M should remember his own roots
Jun 20, 2008
MIC deputy president G Palanivel today slammed former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for accusing party chief S Samy Vellu of being a racist and warned such statements could fan deeper racial sentiments.
In a statement released today, Palanivel (photo, right) also said that the former prime minister's comments on Hindraf were inaccurate and insensitive to the sentiment of Indians in the country.
"It is sad to note that Mahathir is not aware of the fact that Hindraf is not only made of Tamil people but includes many non-Tamil and even non-Hindus.
"He (Mahathir) is wrong when he said Hindraf leaders only represent Tamil racists," said Palanivel in defence to Samy Vellu who has recently joined in the bandwagon in advocating for the release of five Hindraf leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Palanivel delivered a stinging rebuke to the former premier by advising Mahathir "to remember his own roots" before making such statements.
While Palanivel did not elaborate on this, he is likely to be referring to Mahathir's forefathers, who are from South India.
It is widely believed that Mahathir's father, a school teacher, had migrated to Malaysia from the southern Indian state of Kerala and subsequently married a Malay woman.
He has 'lost sight of the big picture'
The MIC man also added that Mahathir has "lost sight of the big picture" in his efforts to wage a war against the current prime minister and Samy Vellu.
"People have become more politically aware and Mahathir should know how people read him. He should not make unsubstantiated statements that are reckless and careless in nature," he said. - mkini.
GUESS WHY PALANIVEL IS BARKING OUT ALOUD, TALKING ABOUT ROOTS ?
April 16, 2008 – excerpts of Dato’ Seri S.Samy Vellu’s interview in Malaysiakini.
Q : With you remaining as president until 2012, and with (former deputy president) S Subramaniam back in the fold and with (current deputy president) G Palanivel still in the picture. What will happen as far as the contest for the number two post is concerned in the (2009) party polls?
Samy : There is a fundamental misunderstanding. They say I brought back Subra. There is nothing to bring back Subra, he is already in the party. He lost in the (2006 party elections) but he was quiet in the party.
We had a lot of misunderstandings because at that time, I supported Palanivel very strongly, openly. I campaigned for him throughout the country.
He did not ask me to campaign. But I went and worked … at every state, I called for meetings and told people why we need a change in the deputy president and he (Palanivel) won the elections.
After he won the elections, a lot of people said that it is because of them that he won, but I didn’t want to say anything.
After that, there was a lot of attack on me by the press, particularly one Tamil press which is also close to Subramaniam. After the (March elections, he (Subramaniam) also felt that we are all in a disarray and it would be better to work together. He talked to me and I said, ‘Okay we’ll meet.’
We met and discussed, I said, ‘We’ll work together’. That is the only understanding we came to … to work together. I think it is more peaceful now and it is better. We have made up to strengthen the party.
Q : So will you once again openly support Palanivel in the coming party elections?
SAMY : No ! I think in future I will remain neutral.
Will this be your stand for all positions such as vice-presidency and so forth?
Samy : That I have to think later !
Note : For Kunta Kinte (who talks about ROOTS) it's a clear 'NO'. For others - "I'll Think later' - WONDER WHY ?
p/s Its an open secret in the MIC now that Samy Vellu does not see eye to eye with Mr.Palani after the once blue-eyed-boy's unsuccessful attempt to back-stab his President.
The impatient 'boy' tried to drum out the idea that ' the sole reason for MIC candidates' defeat in the General Election was SAMY VELLU'.
Palanivel (thinking he was smart enough) tried to push the idea to a certain top UMNO leader with the hope that he could become the next MIC President instantly if Samy is pressured to step-down.
The BACK-STABBING ACTION failed miserably when Samy got wind of HIS boy's impatience.
When he saw some opening for him to 'polish Samy', the COLD-ROOM guy is barking, but again at the wrong tree.
What is this Palanivel, political game or an act of survival ?
Thought before the election you guys said Hindraf members are all thugs, samseng and secret society members supported by the Opposition - how now?
THE DEPUTY SHOT HIMSELF ?
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