"I am not surprised with this SMS and we welcome the move. Then only they will know who the real culprit is and also who stopped the sale of Maika Holdings which we intended in order to make repayment to the shareholders," said Samy Vellu without naming the person.
Malasyiakini understands that he was referring to former MIC deputy president S. Subramaniam who had obtained an injunction order to stop the sale of Maika Holdings.
Feathers were raffled, when Samy and Subramaniam could not see eye to eye over the controversial issue and a war of words ensued in the past between the two.
'Fights for Maika, not Kampung Buah Pala'
"This is a matter which is very important to the Indian community and I am very happy that Ramasamy and his colleagues are resorting to street demonstrations," Samy said.
"We are slowly beginning to understand the culture of Ramasamy. Being a deputy chief minister he is unable to open his mouth on the Buah Pala issue. He is not capable enough to convince Chief Minister (Lim Guan Lim) to do what is necessary for the settlers," Samy alleged.
"But now he wants to do something big in the form of a demonstration which we are prepared to face," he added.
It was reported by Malaysiakini that Samy Vellu is at present in Penang trying to find a solution to the Buah Pala issue and has scheduled a meeting with Lim.
Meanwhile, Human Resources Minister and MIC secretary- general S. Subramaniam who was in Taiping for a function, stated that he will not go for the deputy president's post as suggested by some party members.
"The President has decided as to whom he wants as his deputy which is his prerogative and we will abide by his decision. Leaders tend to select party members who can work with them to strengthen the party and it is their right. This does not mean that grassroots leaders are prevented from contesting in the party elections," said the secretary-general.
Samy Vellu has thrown his weight behind incumbent G Palanivel as his deputy and is backing S Subramaniam, MIC treasurer -general S.K. Devamany and MIC information chief M. Saravanan for the three vice-presidents' posts.
Referring to S S Subramaniam's defection to PKR, the party secretary-general said "His move does not affect the strength of the party and will not be a loss to us."
He also expressed his unhappiness at the presence of too many splinter Indian parties in the country claiming to cater for the needs of an Indian population of only 1.8 million which he siad is dividing the community further.
On another matter, he said his ministry will also standardise the wages of all foreign maids and a come up with a standard agreement for all employers and foreign maids by year end.
To achieve this, the Employment Act of 1955 will be amended by Parliament at the end of this year he stated.