He said the Opposition had no right criticising the MIC for not looking after Malaysians Indians.
Samy Vellu’s 21 years as MIC President has turned the Malaysian Indians into an "underclass" in Malaysia as the most marginalised and neglected group in the country.
Although Samy Vellu would not publicly admit this bitter truth, the MIC national leadership is not unaware of this brutal reality.
In fact, a recent internal MIC document has made this shocking admission
about the marginalised position of the Malaysian Indians after more than
two decades of Samy Vellu’s reign as MIC President when it said:
This MIC document said that the Malaysian Indian community had been left behind and "marginalised" by the "remarkable economic growth and rapid industralization that has benefitted the wider Malaysian society at larger" in the past 30 years under the New Economic Policy (NEP) and the National Development Policy (NDP), "relegating the status of Malaysian Indians, who are largely from the ‘working class’, to one of a ‘forgotten lot’".
This MIC document said:
Who must bear the greatest responsibility for this shocking 30-year marginalisation of the Malaysian Indians, except for a handful of MIC leaders as a result of scandals like the RM120 million MAIKA Telekom shares hijacking scandal?
Shouldn’t Samy Vellu bear the greatest personal responsibility for this shocking state of affairs faced by the Malaysian Indian community as a result of being left out of the mainstream of development in the past 30 years having been MIC President and Cabinet Minister for over two decades?
Can Samy Vellu tell the voters of Teluk Kemang how the election of S. Sothinathan as MP for Teluk Kemang would reverse and arrest the marginalisation of the Malaysian Indians as a "forgotten lot" and an "underclass" in Malaysia, when for the past seven general elections the election of an MIC MP for the area had brought about this crisis for the Malaysian Indian community?
It is pathetic to read the catalogue of Samy Vellu’s failure after 21 years as MIC President and Cabinet Minister to ensure that the Malaysian Indians enjoy the full fruits of national development and progress.
The MIC document , for instance, made the following shattering admissions:
"The majority of the Malaysian Indians in the plantations still feel a sense of hopelessness and despair. More so, as they do not have many better or more rewarding alternatives if they were to move out of the plantations, as they would then have to engage themselves in low productivity jobs (eg in the manufacturing or services sector in urban areas), or ending up landless in their attempts to find adequate settlement in squalid urban squatter settlements."
"The low socio-economic status, and the lower self-esteem of the Malaysian Indians, has also affected their educational achievements, thereby contributing to higher drop-out rates among the Malaysian Indians."
"The share of Malaysian Indians in the corporate sector has been relatively stagnant over the last 25 years, especially since the NEP was introduced in Malaysia. It only grew from about 0.8% in I970 to about I.5% in I995."
If the MIC national leadership is prepared privately to admit that the 21 years of leadership of Samy Vellu as MIC President and Cabinet Minister is a failure for the Malaysian Indian community, turning them into an underclass and the most marginalised group in Malaysia, why is the MIC not prepared to make such a admission publicly in the Teluk Kemang by-election?