Monday, September 14, 2009

King Samy

For the moment MIC president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu seems to be riding high - all the king's men have made it and the kingmaker, who happens to be king as well, is basking in all the glory.
His men have criticised former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for slamming Samy Vellu for clinging on to power for too long and even took a dig at the Barisan Nasional government.
Is Samy so cocksure of himself and his support among MIC and the Indian community that he thinks he can take on former and present leaders and get away with it?
One thing is for sure - his support within MIC is strong. After all, the king's men are in power.
But what about support from the Indian community?
Samy Vellu should realise that his party was almost wiped out in the March 8, 2008 general elections and since then he has done little to win back support from the community he claims to represent - he has spent more time and energy fighting his private wars in his party and plotting to put his men in positions of power.
In fact, all the moves to win back support from the people, including the Indians, have been initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Can anyone name anything concrete that was done for the Indians by Samy Vellu since the last general elections?
Samy Vellu must realise that no king in history has remained in power forever and he must realise that by overstaying his welcome, he may adversely affect not only Barisan Nasional, but his own party as well. It is better for him to bow out (gracefully?) now and let his chosen ones patch up the damage before the next general elections than for him to bow out later and lead his party to oblivion.
What will happen if MIC is totally wiped out in the next general elections? At the rate things are going, such a scenario is very possible.

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