Nov 24, 2006

Oh Samy oiii, What's New from You?!

Oh Samy, what's new from you?

BN Leaders Accept Prime Minister's Clarification Over Controversial

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu Thursday said that Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders had accepted Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's clarification on the controversial remarks made by some delegates at the just-concluded Umno General Assembly.

Samy Vellu said that BN leaders, including MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik and Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin and a few other ministers had raised the issue at the Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

"We accepted the Prime Minister's explanation and concurred that we will continue to work together as usual," he told reporters after chairing a MIC Central Working Committee meeting at the party's headquarters here Thursday.

Samy Vellu said that ministers from Umno, including Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim had also aired their views on the matter.

"In the end, we agreed that we must look after the interests of all the people in the country. Three or four speeches made at the assembly can result in racial problems if they are not taken care of," he said.

Samy Vellu said that mutual respect was needed among the races and the stand was conveyed to the Prime Minister.

"I believe with his vast knowledge and experience, the Prime Minister knows how to resolve the problem," he said.

When asked about the Prime Minister's clarification at the Cabinet meeting, he said, "Its better you ask the Right Honourable Prime Minister himself."

On the Cabinet decision on live telecast of political parties annual general assemblies, Samy Vellu said a number of ministers felt that it was "damaging the future."

"No need. I personally feel it's not necessary. This is dangerous," he added.

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