Thursday, 30 September 2010

Today Datuk Samy Vellu declares he will retire in January 2011

Latest news from the Star, I think this time its the real deal:

MIC president Samy: 'I'll step down in January'

“I will concentrate on bringing about a better relationship between Malaysia and India in terms of infrastructure projects,” Samy Vellu said about his retirement plans.

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC’s longest serving president, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, said he is stepping down in January to make way for his deputy Senator Datuk G. Palanivel.

“Today, I’m officially announcing my decision to step down and pass the leadership to my deputy in January next year,” he told reporters after chairing the party’s Central Working Committee here on Thursday.

The specific date would be announced later, he said, adding that the CWC was informed earlier.

I don’t want to wait until the end of my term on March 8, 2012. This will give an opportunity for a renewal of the party. The new leadership can chart their own plans and work for the betterment of the Indian community,” he said.

Palanivel would become acting president, in line with the party’s constitution, Samy Vellu said.

“There will not be a presidential election. The election is only due if I step down one or two months before the end of my term as president,” he said.

Samy Vellu, 74, came to the party's helm in 1979 after Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam died and has held the position for 11 consecutive terms.

He was the Works Minister of Malaysia and the longest serving minister in the Cabinet until he lost his parliamentary seat in the 2008 general elections...

read the rest here.

One of the most colourful politician in Malaysia's history has given a date for his retirement in politics. Love him or hate him he will be missed.

Interesting Article attributed to Dato' Samy Vellu please read here.

Some interesting quotes people claimed Samy Vellu here could be just jokes that Malaysians tell each other.

Thanks Datuk for your past contributions as our longest serving Minister in the Malaysian Cabinet.

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