Former MIC president and cabinet minister Tun S. Samy Vellu has passed away. The respected figure was 86 years old.
The sad news was confirmed by his son DS Velpari and was announced by former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam on his Facebook page this morning (Thursday, 15th September) at 8;29am.
His social media post reads:
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I received the tragic news of the demise of Tun Samyvellu the Former President of MIC and a legendary Minister in the Malaysian Cabinet from his son DS Velpari.
To many of us, he was the ultimate mentor. His contribution to the nation and to the Indian Community will be permanently etched in our memories. MIED, Aimst University, and Tafe College were his immortal contributions.
My deepest condolences to Toh Puan, DS Velpari and the rest of the family on his demise. He led a full and glorious life and is going off filled with deep respect and appreciation. May his soul reach the abode of the Lord. Om Namashivaya.”
Always will remember this pic @ the Parl lobby in 99'.
Though we had disagreements, at opposite sides of the aisle, he was a good friend.
A fighter in many ways.
Many debates we had, including the South Indian Labour Fund, as depicted in the picture.
Rest in Peace Tun Samy Vellu pic.twitter.com/7Zz72UMTsG
— M. Kula Segaran (@mkula) September 15, 2022
Samy Vellu was the Sungai Siput MP from 1974 to 2008, before becoming minister from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 2008. He holds the record for the longest-serving MIC president at 31 years from 1979. He’s also one of the longest-serving ministers in Malaysia, having served 29 years in the cabinet.