PETALING JAYA: MIC leader Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo were involved in an angry exchange with a group of abusive hecklers yesterday.
Samy Vellu was speaking before the ground-breaking ceremony for SJK (T) Seaport, Petaling, when they started hurling abuses at him.
The MIC leader smiled and waved at them.
When Dr Khir took to the stage, he told off the hecklers.
This angered the hecklers who became more aggressive, with some attempting to move towards the VIP stage.
The hecklers were unhappy over the size of land allocated for the school. They claimed that the government had promised 3ha but only set aside 0.6ha. Dr Khir tried to explain that the size had actually been increased from 0.4ha.
Dr Khir Toyo also presented a cheque for RM2 million to Samy Vellu to build 22 Tamil schools in the state.
The Education Ministry has topped this up with another RM2 million.
Angry youths surround and jeer Samy at school event
PETALING JAYA: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was surrounded by some youths who jeered him during the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Tamil school here.
Samy Vellu was walking back to a canopy after performing the ceremony for the SRJK Tamil Seaport in Kampung Lindungan when the youths surrounded him.
The school is being relocated from Kelana Jaya.
MIC supporters quickly came in to help but Samy Vellu and the youths were already involved in a heated argument by then.
Police were called in and they escorted Samy Vellu from the area.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo was also at the ceremony.
Earlier, as Samy Vellu got down from his car, a group of about 30 people held placards stating that the land area for the school had been reduced.
After listening to their grievances, Samy Vellu assured them that the new school building would be bigger.
He said the new building could hold 450 pupils compared to the 150 now.
“We should be happy that an extra RM500,000 has been allocated to build this school at a cost of RM1.5mil,” he said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu hopes to have a double celebration on polling day.
On March 8, he hopes to celebrate his 72nd birthday and the victory of his party for retaining all its nine parliamentary and 19 state seats.
This is the first time that Samy Vellu who has been contesting in Sungai Siput since 1974, would go to the polls on his birthday.
Samy Vellu, who is also the Works Minister, said the party would have a refreshing look with the fielding of new candidates to inject dynamism and provide a new vision in MIC.
He said in the last six months, the party had negotiated with the government to look into uplifting the economic status of the Indian community.
"We are glad that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have given their commitment," he said.
Friday, February 15, 2008
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