Tun Samy Vellu s/o Sangalimuthu, (Tamil: ச. சாமி வேலு, romanized: Ca. Cāmi vēlu; born 8 March 1936); is a Malaysian Indian politician. He is the seventh president and the longest-serving President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, holding the position from 1979 to 2010, for 11 consecutive terms. Beginning in 1979, he held a succession of ministerial portfolios in the Cabinet of Malaysia, including two long stints as Minister of Works, until he lost his parliamentary seat in the 2008 general election; by that time he was the longest-serving minister in the Cabinet. He subsequently announced his intended retirement in December 2010, paving the way for his deputy G. Palanivel to succeed him as party leader.
S. Samy Vellu
ச. சாமி வேலு
|7th President of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)|
12 October 1979 – 6 December 2010
|Deputy||Subramaniam Sinniah (1979-2006)|
G. Palanivel (2006-2010)
|Preceded by||V. Manickavasagam|
|Succeeded by||G. Palanivel|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
for Sungai Siput
16 September 1974 – 8 March 2008
|Majority||644 (1974) |
|Preceded by||V. T. Sambanthan (MIC)|
|Succeeded by||Michael Jeyakumar (PSM)|
Samy Vellu s/o Sangalimuthu
8 March 1936
Kluang, Johor, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Political party||Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)|
|Barisan Nasional (BN)|
|Spouse(s)||Indrani Samy Vellu|
Samy Vellu's political career began at the age of 23, in 1959, when he and Govindaraj joined the Batu Caves MIC branch. After five years, he was elected Selangor MIC committee member and the head of the party. He made headlines news by climbing up the Indonesian embassy's flag pole, pulling down the flag and burning it. He was charged in court and fined RM2. He was called Hero Malaysia on the front pages.
He was a Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput constituency for eight terms from September 1974 to March 2008. During this time, from 1978 to 1979 he was Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing. Then from 1979 to 1989 he was Minister of Works. He then served as Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to March 2008 he was the Minister of Works until he lost his parliamentary seat to Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) but contested on the ticket of the People's Justice Party (PKR) in the March 2008 general election.
He was the second longest serving minister in the country during his times, after Rafidah Aziz.
Samy Vellu was appointed as Malaysia's Special Envoy of Infrastructure to India and Southern Asia, with ministerial rank, since 1 January 2011. The appointment was terminated by the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2018.
Samy Vellu is married to Indrani Samy Vellu, who is also active in socio-political and various non-governmental organisations.
Samy Vellu has one son, Vell Paari, who currently manages MAIKA Holdings and was advisor of Putera MIC and MIC Youth. He had also been appointed as Chairman of Unity and Community Development of MIC by its Central Working Committee. His daughter-in-law, Shaila Nair, was also active in Puteri MIC, a special wing of MIC dedicated to Indian women of Malaysia who are below 35 years of age.
"A Life. A Legend. A Legacy" written by award-winning author Bernice Narayanan reveals Samy Vellu's greatest achievements and setbacks as well as "behind-the-scenes" events in his almost 50 years of active politics. The biography was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
|1974||Sungei Siput, Perak||Samy Vellu (MIC)||9,045||49.09%||Patto Perumal (DAP)||8,401||45.59%||18,529||644||77.87%|
|Thang Pang Fay (PEKEMAS)||877||4.76%|
|RC Manavarayan (IND)||103||0.56%|
|1978||Samy Vellu (MIC)||12,930||62.41%||Ngan Siong Hing @ Ngan Siong Eng (DAP)||7,789||37.59%||N/A||5,141||N/A|
|1982||Samy Vellu (MIC)||14,930||64.56%||T. Sellapan (DAP)||7,033||30.41%||23,827||7,897||73.63%|
|Ahmad Zawawi Ibrahim (PAS)||1,164||5.03%|
|1986||P56 Sungai Siput, Perak||Samy Vellu (MIC)||13,148||56.05%||Liew Sam Fong (DAP)||8,712||37.14%||24,566||4,436||69.32%|
|Wan Hassan Wan Mahmud (SDP)||1,597||6.81%|
|1990||Samy Vellu (MIC)||14,427||53.25%||Patto Perumal (DAP)||12,664||46.75%||28,028||1,763||69.21%|
|1995||P59 Sungai Siput, Perak||Samy Vellu (MIC)||21,283||71.86%||Lim Ah Guan @ Lim Soon Guan (DAP)||5,673||19.15%||30,552||15,610||67.66%|
|Mohamed Hashim Salim (PAS)||2,663||8.99%|
|1999||Samy Vellu (MIC)||17,480||57.75%||Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (DAP)1||12,221||40.38%||31,165||5,259||63.62%|
|Mohamad Asri Othman (MDP)||565||1.87%|
|2004||P62 Sungai Siput, Perak||Samy Vellu (MIC)||19,029||62.19%||Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR)2||8,680||28.37%||31,583||10,349||67.51%|
|Sanmugam Ponmugam Ponnan (DAP)||2,890||9.44%|
|2008||Samy Vellu (MIC)||14,637||44.15%||Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj (PKR)2||16,458||49.64%||33,154||1,821||69.91%|
|Nor Rizan Oon (IND)||864||2.61%|
- Narayanan, Bernice (2010). A Life, a Legend, a Legacy: Dato' Seri S. Samy Vellu. BN Communications. p. 200. ISBN 9789834150563.
- "Samy Vellu". NRIinternet.com. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Retna, S. (9 March 2008). "End For Samy Vellu's Legacy After Historic Loss at Sg Siput". Bernama. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Samy Vellu Dilantik Duta Khas Infrastruktur Bagi India Dan Asia Pasifik". mStar (in Malay). 12 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- Justin Ong (7 July 2018). "Report: Putrajaya axing special envoys, advisers". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "PM launches Samy Vellu's 'tell-all' biography". The Star. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
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- "Samy Vellu happy with Govt's recognition of his service". The Star Online. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.