PETALING JAYA: Former MIC member G Kumar Aamaan has issued a letter of demand to Tamil Nesan, warning the newspaper that it could face a RM80 million suit if it did not apologise for calling him a Muslim. Kumar gave the daily, owned by MIC president S Samy Vellu's family, seven days to respond to the letter.
In a statement today, his lawyer V Thiru Kumar said the daily had tarnished his client's image by referring to him as a Muslim when he was a Hindu.
“Tamil Nesan has not denied making seditious remarks against him. It also said that it is prepared to face us in court. So we are taking up the challenge. This is not the first time the daily has slandered him so he feels firm action must be taken,” he added.
In an immediate response, Samy Vellu's son, Vell Paari, who oversees Nesan's operations, ruled out the possibility of tendering an apology.
“We are not going to apologise, we are ready to meet him in court. My advice to him is to put his money where his mouth is. Let's meet in court,” he told FMT.
Vell Paari also claimed that he had received a text message from Kumar, stating that the latter would reveal more “spicy” news about MIC soon.
“MIC is more than 50 years old; it has seen the thick and thin of the political environment, we have faced all sorts of issues. The party will not be destroyed or undermined by any spicy news,” he said.
Kumar, a fomer central working committee member, was one of the three MIC leaders who were axed by the president for calling on the latter to step down.
The three later went on to form the Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu (GAS) movement.