"I'm prepared to go even now if the Indian community does not want me anymore"
MIC President, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu (19 February 2008)
"...times have changed... but there is always a new beginning..."
MIC President (still), Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu (10 March 2008)
In February, when Samy declared his willingness to "go even now if the Indian Community does not want me anymore", I smiled to myself and said, "Yeah right!" Then an outrageous idea struck me. Wouldn't it be nice if he's really voted out of office in the general election? It would be interesting to see if he would really "go". I have nothing against the fellow, but as a keen observer of human psychology, I was just interested to see the reaction; that's all.
Quite unexpectedly, it turned out that Samy was indeed voted out of office. And as I had expected all along, he is still staying on. Didn't the people make it clear that they wanted him to go? Wasn't the message clear enough during the general election? Why is Samy having trouble getting the message?
"Why should I step down? Our party has won."
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi [The Star]
Well, you have to admit it, the guy has a point. After all, BN did win the general election, didn't it? And BN still rules the country.
But what was the message from the people through the ballot boxes? Because after all, it's the voice of the people that's what the general election was all about. It is that message that the Prime Minister needs to fathom; not the support from these 500 people who are now worried that they may have to workI mean really workto earn a living.