November 30th, 2010 by admin
S. Samy Vellu, the President of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), has announced his decision to step down by the end of this November. Vellu will be taking up his new assignment as the business envoy for five countries – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Maldives.
The Star said Vellu is to be given a farewell dinner Dec 14, which is expected to be attended by the prime minister.
Vellu will bid farewell to his party colleagues when he chairs the last meeting of the supreme council, ending a 31-year tenure as head of the country’s largest Indian-based party.
His deputy Senator G. Palanivel will take over from him as the MIC chief, Vellu told Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak last week-end, New Straits Times said Monday.
‘Samy Vellu told us that Senator Datuk G. Palanivel who would be taking over as MIC acting president would represent the party in future BN (Barisan Nasional) supreme council meetings,’ the newspaper said quoting an unnamed source.
The Star reported Monday Samy Vellu is expected to start his new job as special envoy for infrastructure for India and neighbouring countries on Dec 1. The job comes with ministerial status and perks.
Multi-racial Malaysia is home to 2.1 million ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamils settled during the British era. They have traditionally voted for the MIC.
MIC is part of the ruling alliance, Barisan Nasional (BN) of which Najib is the chief.
Vellu had taken over the helm of the party as acting president on Sep 13, 1979 after the death of Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam