BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Suthahar Selvaraj, via e-mail
It’s been long overdue.. That’s how I sum up of the recent bestowment of the title ‘Tun’ the country’s highest award to S Samy Vellu , the longest serving president of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).
As of now, he has been a loyal servant for the Malaysian government for 39 years, having served nations past three prime ministers.
Most of his colleagues describe him as the best dressed minister, a firm believer that clothes make the man and according to Rais Yatim, Samy Vellu is the most hardworking minister. Going by the accomplishment , Samy definitely belong in the league of the top grade politicians in the country.
He never left any rock unturned wherever he went. The whole of Works Ministry was in tatters when he took over in 1979. Through his strict work ethics and discipline, the ministry became one of the most talked about in the country. It embarked on numerous top class projects especially after Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the premier.
Mammoth projects that Malaysians unheard of began to take place such as Penang Bridge, world class highways, skyscrapers to name a few . The country’s massive infrastructure growth began to grab the attention of the world, Malaysia is beginning to be known.
The country was ready for the next big step, someone is needed to spearhead the communication industry which is crucial to the nations growth. Samy Vellu were made Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Post.
This is when for the first time, Malaysia had her very own satellite launched. The cellular network industry being amplified for greater cause.
These achievements is just a small particle of what Samy Vellu contributed to the nation. I wouldn’t say that the title was a tad too late, but Samy Vellu deserved the “Tun” much , much earlier in my view.
Well, as the saying goes, you win some, you lose some but Samy Vellu is definitely a born winner in his DNA. As he is in the last league of his life, the Tunship is definitely a perfect send off for the nation’s hardworking son.
Love him or loathe him, Malaysia definitely owe him a great debt of gratitude.
The write is a avid political observer, especially Malaysia Indian politics