Woman wants Samy Vellu, son to restore RM25,000 monthly maintenance

Former MIC president S Samy Vellu. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A woman who claims to be a companion of S Samy Vellu has filed for an interim order from the High Court to have unrestricted access to the former MIC president.

E Meeriam Rosaline, who has named Samy Vellu and his son, Vell Paari, as respondents, also wants an order from court that she be paid her monthly RM25,000 maintenance pending the outcome of her main suit.

She claimed that the maintenance and other benefits paid to her have been stopped.

The interim application, sighted by FMT, is scheduled to be heard before High Court judge Hashim Hamzah in Ipoh tomorrow (Dec 12).

FMT understands that Vell Paari has also filed an affidavit to claim that Meeriam, 59, had no legal standing to demand for the maintenance.

Lawyer RSN Rayer and Ramesh Sivakumar will be appearing for Meeriam, who is currently residing in Ipoh.

In the suit filed last August, Meeriam wants a declaration that she be given due recognition and accepted as part of Samy Vellu’s family.

She also wants to contact and visit Samy Vellu with no restrictions imposed by any other family members, including Vell Paari.

She said Vell Paari has disempowered Samy Vellu financially and taken control over his finances since 2017 and completely denied payment of maintenance to her.

Meeriam, in her affidavit in support of the suit, said she had entered into a quasi-spousal union with Samy Vellu since 1981 and has documentary evidence to support her claim.

FMT also reported on Monday that Vell Paari is also seeking a declaration from the High Court that his father is mentally unfit to defend himself in the wake of two legal cases brought against him.

Vell Paari said his father, who served in the Cabinet from 1979 to 2008, had been diagnosed with dementia, due to Alzheimer’s disease, two years ago.

“My father has poor recall and registration of certain events. Consequently, he needs to be assisted in managing his personal and financial affairs,” he said.

Vell Paari also said his father’s condition is covered under the Mental Health Act 2001.