Media Statement (3) by Parliamentary
Opposition Leader and DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang in Parliament
on Wednesday, 16th January 2008:
Is MIC politics the most violent of all political parties – and if
I received SMS from Malaysian Indians expressing alarm at the statement
by Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu yesterday (reported in the Sun) that he
wanted to be MIC President for another ten years.
I do not know whether Samy Vellu was serious about wanting to be MIC
President for another ten years but the alarm he created among Malaysian
Indians to have him around for another ten years as the MIC President
and sole Indian Cabinet Minister is very real and serious indeed!
This is because the Malaysian Indians have never felt more deprived,
alienated and marginalized from the mainstream of national development
after Samy Vellu’s more than 28 years as the MIC President and sole
Indian Cabinet Minister – a fact which Samy Vellu had stubbornly refused
The investigations into the gangland-style murder of Johore MIC Deputy
Chief and Tenggaroh State Assemblyman, Datuk S. Krishnasamy last Friday
seems to have taken a totally strange and surprising twist.
When news first broke of Krishnasamy’s gangland-style killing last
Friday, there was legitimate widespread concern whether Malaysian
politics have degenerated into a new phase with violence and even
terrorism rearing their ugly head.
There were audible sighs of relief all-round when it became evident that
Krishnasamy’s killing had nothing to do with politics or the Hindraf
phenomenon with police investigations focused on his personal business
Things took a completely different turn however when the aide of the
Johore MIC Chief, Datuk K. S. Balakrishnan and a former employee of
Krishnasamy were arrested by the police for investigations in connection
with the murder.
Samy Vellu himself was questioned by the police about Krishnasamy’s
murder which, cumulatively, presented a picture that the killing of the
Johore MIC leader was related to politics after all – but it was all
about MIC politics!
Malaysians are asking whether MIC politics are the most violent in the
country, especially as the two elected representatives killed in the
past decade were both from the MIC (Krishnasamy and Lunas State
Assemblyman in Kedah, Dr. Joe Fernandez who was openly shot to death in
Bukit Mertajam in November 2000) to the extent that Samy Vellu could say
death threats were commonplace for politicians.
Death threats were definitely not commonplace occurrences for DAP
politicians. I believe this applies to other political parties, whether
in the Opposition or in the Barisan Nasional – except for MIC.
Samy Vellu seemed to suggest that he could write a book just on death
threats based on his 40 plus years in politics.
I have been in politics for more than 40 years but I will not be able to
write a chapter, let alone a book, on death threats. Why is this so?
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman