GEORGE TOWN: An MIC leader has questioned the silence of DAP’s P Ramasamy over recent graft charges levelled at his party’s secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng.
MIC Treasurer-General S Vell Paari said Ramasamy’s silence on Lim’s case was deafening, calling the latter and DAP members hypocrites for being so.
“If Ramasamy really wanted to fight for the people of Penang, he must urge Lim to take leave until the case is completed.
“This way, it would preserve the sanctity and the dignity of the Penang Chief Minister’s Office,” Vell Paari said in a statement.
Vell Paari said Ramasamy was exceptionally outspoken on many corruption cases involving Barisan Nasional leaders, but had taken a back seat on the case involving his boss.
“If DAP practised equal rights for all races, the party should pick Ramasamy to be acting CM.
“This will go to show that DAP is appreciative of all Indians in Penang and Malaysia in general,” Ramasamy said.
In an immediate response, Ramasamy, who is also Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister II, said he had indicated his support for Lim, right after he was charged.
Ramasamy said Vell Paari should read his comments before shooting his mouth off.
“I think he has not read my statements. I have been defending Lim openly, strongly defending him because the charges were political in nature and baseless.
“To say that I am not outspoken … Vell Paari must do more reading to see my comments.
“There is no provision in the law for Lim to take leave. Moreover, we believe he is innocent until proven guilty. I believe he will emerge unscathed.”
Ramasamy lamented that MIC itself was embroiled in corruption scandals before this.
“I am asking Vell Paari … his father and former MIC President S Samy Vellu was accused of hijacking Maika Holdings shares and reports were lodged against him.
“Why didn’t his father take leave?
“I would like to advise Vell Paari that people in glass houses should not throw stones at others.”
Ramasamy said Vell Paari ought to fix internal problems in the party before advising others.
He said MIC was experiencing a leadership crisis, stemming from a long-standing “divorce” of the party from the Indian community.
“Not just that, there is also squandering of funds from the government by MIC. These were originally given to elevate the suffering of Indians.
“Thanks for your advice, Vell Paari. We do not need them. Perhaps you want to advise yourself?”
On a suggestion that he be made acting CM if Lim leaves, Ramasamy said: “Lim is not going to leave or resign, so that issue does not arise in the first place.”