NST Online With Dato’Seri

With Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, MIC president  
10:40 Fauziah Ismail:  

Good morning everyone. Today, we will have MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu who will answer your questions and comments beginning 11am. In the mean time, post your questions and comments here. He will attend to it shortly.



  Fauziah Ismail:  

Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu is now in our office at Balai Berita in Bangsar. We hope you will have a fruitful discussion with Datuk Seri Samy. Good morning Datuk. Thank you for coming for NSTLive. We shall now post the first question.


10:50 [Comment From Nothing but wind] 
Hi Dato Samy, The investment arms of UMNO and MCA are doing well. Why the investment arm of MIC (MAIKA Holdings) is on the verge of bankruptcy? Can you tell what went wrong and who is to be blamed?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  NothingButWind,
Well, the investment arm of MIC started way behind theothers. Even the others have suffered such problems earlier. Maiak Holdings is not banckrupt, it has assets for 160 million. and land worth 20 million


10:53 [Comment From MSMRK] 
Do you think MIC can still survive in the next General Election?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  MSRMRK, very few people know the grassroot   nature of theMIC. We have survived even the times of emergency and templer controllong the country. I dont see any reason why we cnanot survive unedr new brilliant leader datuk seri najib tun razak


10:54 [Comment From dr vk] 
hello dato, i hv supported mic throughout my life, but i have been disappointed with its current image with the grassroots. comments?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  in this world, everybody encounters ups and downs. and we too encountered not much of ups but downs, for which we don’t carry all the blames.


10:55 [Comment From MSMRK] 
How do you keep your self healthy and fit despite your age has now reached 70 plus? Any tips for us?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I concentrate on a alot of exercise, swinmming and treadmile every other day. In order to keep fit and work late, I’m 73, not 70. I still feel i can pull on with this exercises.
the tips, get up very early in themorning, maybe 5.30am, do your exercise, then you go for your normal duties. You will be very fit.


10:57 [Comment From Kumar] 
The MIC portal still looks very basic, it doesn’t deserve a new launch. Why isn’t MIC getting some IT savvy Indian to work on complete revamp? Why is MIC/MIC youth not represented in the upcoming IT trend, ie. twitter, facebook… Let’s get serious Mr.Samy!


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Kumar, we have recently launched the portal and we are now working on the contents. We want to engage a few IT experts to work on the portal.


10:58 [Comment From GP Joseph] 
The indian community in this land is small but politically they are divided in many party. Is it possible to have dialog with all these parties, whether political party or NGOs to bring them all into a one common group to tackle issues?


10:58 [Comment From E.Venkates Rao] 
I would like to Thank Dato Seri very much for his time for coming live on NST.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Yes, indian community is not small, almost 10 per cent. We can extend our hand for the smaller parties to come in. One example, I recently talked to IPF president Puan Sri Pandithan. She said she will think over. AS far as MIC is concerned it is ver open to any suggestion. We can take in anybody or join with them as partners. The more the better



11:00 [Comment From IQBAL Hassan] 
What have you done to date to hand over to the next leader of MIC? Why unlike others, we do not know until now who is next leader of MIC? Does it reflects your failure to manage the succession plan? With the web portal, we are sure you will get direct unfiltered feedback! May that help you to decide your next step!
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The MIC has a president, deputy president and vice presidents. They were elected democratically by the members and Im surprised you don’t know who they are.



11:01 [Comment From dr vk] 
may i know what is the indian quota for AIMST intake for professional courses?? tq



  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  In aimst, there is no such thing   as quota. The students who comes will be given a place if they posses the required marks for the studies. But of course, about 70 per cent of indians are there, bumiputera students are coming and 15 per cent Chinese are also there


11:02 [Comment From rajoo] 
can you brief us on the status of MAIKA holidings and your next plan to revive maika


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Rajoo, although the sale of the Maika insurance company was stopped by an court injuction from Nesa Cooperative, they have now two new offers to buy, I think things can be settled soon and shareholders can have their money


11:04 [Comment From Kumar] 
Does office-bearers in MIC required to do an asset-declaration and are they cleared by MACC before they are allowed to get elected in the party? I they are not than can we include this to increase transparency in the party


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  if the office bearers of MIC when they hold government positions they declare their assets.


11:05 [Comment From Kumar] 
What is his take on the political limbo in Perak?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  well, I must say, it is not the mistake of BN. Its the PKR who started and went on a long campaign to rob members of parliament and form a government, on Sept 16. Now, the BN is just following the what the Pakatan Rakyat did. But in any case, I think the best solution will be to test their strength within the dewan undangan negeri


11:07 [Comment From Nothing but wind] 
Many say that it was you who wanted 1 Minister for MIC. Is it true?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  it is not true. It is already been there before I became president. I was done by my predessor. After I took office, we had one minister, we have talked to teh rpesident of BN many times to increase it to the previous status quo of two. But, we had three deputy minsters, three parliamntary secretaries during my time.


11:09 [Comment From Aiman] 
The wind of change is blowing everywhere. Every party has a new leader, except MIC and PPP. It seems leaders of these parties do not understand the climate change. At the same time, the leaders are acting as though they have won the elections. Pleaselah Datuk, understand


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Out of 13 parties, the so called wind of change has taken only in three parties. The are many other party leaders still hold to their position and are doing very good work. Particularly, in sarawak and sabah. So the main land is not an exception.


11:11 [Comment From mannavan] 
Former deputy president Datuk Subramaniam had used his Tamil paper, Makkal Osai to smear MIC and yourself before the March 8 general elections. But why did you patch up with him after the elections. Should he not have been sacked from the party?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Well, the worst media publisity against MIC was carried out by two papers. The Makkal Osai and the Malaysian Nanban. the Makkal Osai did more without realising its boss Datuk S. Subramaniam will still contest to take over the party one day and after that how are they going to mend the party. But as far as I am concerned, I’m imnune to this two papers. I don’t worry about them  . i carry on with my duties for the benefit of the Indian community


11:13 [Comment From thia] 
good morning dato, i really recpect our wisdom and determine. keep it up


11:13 [Comment From Nathan] 
Good morning Dato Seri Now i streetly going to quastion…our prime minister already intro 1malaysia concept and he already start to promote it .Last weeks a go Mr velpari was intro 1 indian concept so what is dato seri comment about 1 indian concept and when is will be start to promote.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  the 1Malaysia concept embodies whatever Indian concept there is and we all have to align ourselves to what was introduced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.



11:14 [Comment From Selan] 
Good Morning Dato Seri .Where is MIC heading in a few years time …..who do you think should lead the party after you ? whats going to happen to all your supporters when you leave ?
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  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The party has to have a leadership change at the appropriate time. All my supporters are MIC supporters. They would definitely adjust to time. There are three aspiring people who want to eventually become the leader. I leave it to the members to select   the best.


11:16 [Comment From E.Venkates Rao] 
Dato Seri, May i know how can the youths play an active role in the party..?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The youths, have developed a very strong section now with which they are carrying out several programmes and work and any youth who is interested can join and do their best to the community


11:18 [Comment From Guest] 
what would be the agenda of MIC in near future , is rebranding still relevant as reengineering will be a better formula


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Many people do not understand the actual meaning of rebranding and some of them simply joke around the rebranding. the rebranding is a mental attitude for a new strategy to run the party in a better manner. As far as I am concerned, 3600 leaders have gone through this exercise. They understand better what is their responsibility to the party.


11:20 [Comment From harith] 
AIMST seems to be the most visible success story of MIC. What is the future of AIMST with regard to contributing to the development of quality higher education in the country?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The Aimst is doing all its best to provide good education facilities to the students of the country. Aimst will go through a lotof reserach based work very soon according to Tan Sri Ambigaipagan who is the chairman. During my visit, i have personally seen the students capability and enthusiams in the system of teaching adopted in Aimst.


11:22 [Comment From Josephine] 
We like you so much but don’t overstay as we need new leaders. Maybe people like Murugiah to lead MIC. The young ones are fed up with power play and do not intend to join the party which is archaic in nature


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  well, you have the right to say anything. I don’t want to say anything about Murugiah


11:23 [Comment From Paul Nathan] 
There is widespread belief that HINDRAFwas born of the failures of the MIC,especially under your long but dictctorial and corrupt lradership.Can we have your comments Dato?


11:26 [Comment From MIC Youth Gopeng] 
Congratulation Dato Seri Because Join with all Malaysian vie online.
11:27 [Comment From E.Venkates Rao] 
Thank you very much for your answer Dato Seri, but i can see most of our new members or professionals re moving out of the party as they only see major politics taking place within the party, i would like to suggest more importance to be given to the young members or professionals to play a neutral role within the party in order to shape a much more neutral party for the community instead of a chronic political party, Tq.


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I think you have an affected mind where you do not understand how hindraf came into being. They just want to tell the government on the dissatisfaction of the community in a piece of paper with some 18 or 19 requests and changes that they want. Whereas, the MIC, had carried out for the past 29 years several matters for the government with research papers where it has mentioned about the community backwardness, their educational backwardness, the poverty ratio of 30 per cent, the tamil schools, the inability to do business with loans from anybody, which is not available. 1983, I started building Tamil schools after having studied the conditions. With the help of the PM then Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, more than RM40 million have been spent on Tamil schools.. We had the problem of getting places and government tertiary institutions. We buit one ourselves to take care of our education.   Many of this news of what is being done is mostly published in the vernacular papers. If you can’t read Tamil, is not my mistake.


11:28 [Comment From Tamilselvan] 
Do you agree you ‘finish’ your opponents in MIC with iron fist , like what you did to Muthupalaniappan recently?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I don’t think you understand politics. You talk through your nose rather than talking through your mouth. Nobody finishes no one in the party. Muthupalaniappan is still safe and going around giving a lot of statements against everybody. We are just looking at it. If you say, I have used iron fist, to finish a lot of people, I’m not Adolf Hitler. I’m just an ordinary Samy vellu. You are very sadly mistaken my friend and I don’t think you know what happens in Malaysian Indian politics.


11:30 [Comment From shan] 
In your earnest expectation,what qualities of leadership qualities you would like the successor of your whoever it may be should have in your opinion .


11:30 [Comment From bathumalai] 
sir,please pass our party to someone u can trust!.someone who will not destroy the party for his own supporters interest!
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Shan,
The future leader of MIC should concentrate on the upliftment of the community and must always near to the poor. A lot of plans has to be done to continue with the work that has been done for the last 29 years by the new man. Frankly, a man with a heart for the people.



11:32 [Comment From rajashekar] 
there is any special discounts for mic member to study in aimast?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  No, there is nothing. they pay as everyone else



11:33 [Comment From Trey] 
Is MIC shameless? Why is your party fighting to be the speaker of the Dewan?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We are not fighting to put the MIC speaker. He is a BN speaker who represents the BN majority. I’m sorry to see your ignorance, you are grossly misunderstood as to how the system works in parlimentary democracy.



11:37 [Comment From Omling] 
Our Indian children are well mannered and perform while in Tamil schools. However, when they go to secondary schools, by the time they get to Form Three, many of them have lost interest in their studies and become discipline problems. Has this got to do with how they are treated, cared for and guided in secondary schools? Particularly in terms of their self concept and self esteem. I think it will be useful to explore what is happening to Indian students at the lower secondary stage . Dato Seri I think by doing so we may be able to address the problem of our adolescents. Perhaps this is a task for the MIC Education Committee.
11:38 [Comment From muniandy serdang] 
i dont agree with treys comments that our party is shameless!.u have put in lot of work in the past 30years for our indian community…please dont give this party to your former deputy who used his paper destroy the party.


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The question of secondary school going students have been studied by the MIC 6 years ago. A cabinet paper was submitted and the government has agreed to provide funds to carry out programmes to put the students at theh right path. Yesterday. the Yayasan Strategik Sosial has started its programme which will benefit 4,500 secondary school going children where the juvenile deliquency will be taken care and will be guided as to what is good for their education.


11:39 [Comment From Mathangi] 
Morning Dato Seri. If an indian students obtained 9A’s and above for SPM any chance to get scholarships for pursuing studies in AIMST. (Note : If they failed to get all other gov. scholarships).


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Students who obtained 9As can go into the Foundation programme in Aimst. Then proceed to do medicine if they possess the required marks. As far as scholarship is soncerned, we do not have the capacity to do so at this moment. We may do it later when the institution develops further.


11:41 [Comment From kajang rani] 
datuk seri, this is kajang rani. congratulations for all you have done to mic. you are the best mic eader


11:41 [Comment From Desmond] 
Dato Seri, whats your plan to eradicate poverty among the Indian community?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We are working closely with the BN government, where employment becmes number one, we try our best to get employment. The second most important thing is housing, we discussed with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to provide them with housing immediately. We do help the school going children and also the poor who is hospitalised is also being taken care by the Yayasan pemulihan Sosial.The government has completed 24,000 houses in KL. Every poor is eligible for a house if they make the application.



11:44 [Comment From Raja] 
Dato, years ago you told tun sambathan to leave because of his age?why are you still holding on to power? Can you bring progress to indians in 2
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Thank you Mr raja. I have already decided and fixed my time to leave. Not because of my age. But, I want to hand over to a younger man. But please do remember, old is gold.



11:45 [Comment From SivajiTheBoss] 
Dato’ Seri, who is your favourite Tamil actor and actress?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  My favourite is Sivaji Ganesan.



11:47 [Comment From mannavan] 
datuk seri, the mic will be having the party polls in september. hope the veterans from the various states would be replaced by youthful leaders
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I’m planning so at some states.



11:48 [Comment From Sheila@Bads Fan] 
Datuk since I was a young girl your ‘hair’ has been a hot topic among the Indians…so is your hair real? or have you undergone cosmetic surgery? Its ok to admit as we should all look our very best at all times 🙂
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I have nothing to hide. I had two baldness in the centre portion of my head. And I went for eight surgeries which is called sclap reducing surgeries in Australia. Then, I’m still having my normal scalp, my real normal hair, not as to what you think. I have not planted any hair. My hair is real.



11:51 [Comment From svg] 
If the there is snap election in Perak…will Datuk seri contest again?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I won’t contest anymore elections and have never asked for a seat or a ministership or anything of that kind as claimed by some people during the new cabinet formation, as  imagined by some mad people.



11:53 [Comment From Raja] 
It was on your watch that the indians moved from the estate to urban areas, your failure to anticipate this problem contributes to the multiple problems facing indians today.even tim mahathir had said you have failed to highlight Indian issues in cabinet.Your comment,Dato
11:54 [Comment From ratnam of johore] 
datuk seri sir we are like one family even during ups n downs…so please pick w leader who can work for indians n not someone who calls himself makkal thalaivar without doing anything in the past more than 30years!


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  What I have raised in the cabinet for the past 29 years, the documents are  classified. I can release it but, I have sworn to secrecy that I will not divulge any of the Cabinet decisions and Tun Mahathir is very well aware of it. In any case, 29 yearly conferences    were held of which 22 of them were opened by Tun Mahathir where the MIC preidential address had always outlined the porblems faced by teh Indian community. There is no cabinet meeting that has not heard Indian problems in the 29 years. If Tun Mahathir feels that I have not done anything, I leave it to God to decide the right punishment for me. But, i will not say anything against what is said by Tun Mahathir because he was my boss, and a man I respect most.


11:58 [Comment From Johan] 
Datu Seri, being with Barisan Nasional , to what extend MIC being recognised by the coalition and do u think these recognisation is enough for the comunity to keep up with the present development on human development in this country.


11:59 [Comment From Thinesh Velmunigan] 
You beat any of the HINDRAF leaders flat dato….you are still popular and have more supports than them….You are the best and the greatest leader dato!!!!
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  In the BN, all parties are treated the same.   In the cabinet, if you have a chance to ask any former PMs, they will tell you how I had fought for the Indians.



12:00 [Comment From agilen] 
Good day Datuk Sri, poor indian students with good results fail to get PSD scholarship but burden with study loan because of quota system, what MIC has done to help this students? (remember the 128 students issue)
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  MIC took a special interest in the Indian students at the tertiary level. This year, 176 Indian students were given scholarships by the  PSD but this is not the case 18 years ago. In any case, the MIC is appealing to PSD to reconsider their decisions on the students who were not selected.



12:04 [Comment From Tamilselvan] 
Do you agree the Indians are ‘looked down’ in all aspects during your tenure.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I feel so sorry that there is one Indian like you who have been looked down by nobody but it is your innner mind that is looking at you so. If you have failed in your life, why do you look for others to blame? those who attempt have all succeeded except you.



12:05 [Comment From janice wong] 
Why arent there any Sikh representation in MIC? Their are Indians too!
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  

In the beginning, we had Sikh leadership for all teh Indians, that is Sardar Boodh Singh. There after, we have tried our best to bring them into our fold, many times. Many branches were formed but they don’t manage it. Exceot for a few. And now, we have appointed a Sikh, as a senator. That is Senator datuk Daljit Singh who sits as an MIC senator.



12:08 [Comment From Kumar] 
To recap Dato Sri, MIC was rejected in Perak?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  If you feel  that MIC was rejected, you are wrong. But, it is the policy of the BN government to provide opportunities for every communities and that is the reason the BN leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has approved this appointment.



12:10 [Comment From All For The Road] 
You are an architect by profession. Do you like to go back to what you were before and forget politics totally for good and lead a normal citizen’s life?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I may do so one day.



12:11 [Comment From sound] 
What is the status on MIED 5.2 million hijack? Any action taken on the culprits?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Thr police is investigating at the moment.



12:12 [Comment From Anandan] 
Dato Seri, With vibrant economy in India, how can we Malaysian Indian benefit and participate to grow further?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We can utilise this opportunity to do business that will benefit Malaysia as well as india.



12:13 [Comment From Emilin] 
Dear Datuk Seri, “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” God Bless You Sir.
12:13 [Comment From NIVAS RAGAVAN] 


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  

I don’t think you understand the structure of MIC. The president, deputy president and vice-presidents, these are elected leades. why don’t you read and get your facts right?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Leaders are not moulded but they spring out on thier own, with their dedication to serve.



12:15 [Comment From Malini Kunjappan] 
Members of the public don’t really get a chance to question the leaders of the nation like this at all times. Do you think such effort taken by NST should be continued, let’s say, probably in a weekly basis for all leaders, so that the public can reach their leaders straight? What have you got to say Datuk Seri?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  It should be continued so that the people can benefit.



12:16 [Comment From OneMalaysia] 
The Indian community has come so far since 1957. Today we have a big bunch of m’sian indian professionals who have done well for themselves. How do you plan to infuse professionalism into the leadership of the party and Maika in your remaining years as president?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We have already have so many profesionals in the party now



12:17 [Comment From CURIOUS] 
Datuk Seri, what is your favourite food and drink? Where do you go for your holidays?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  

Indian food, I like tosai. I like nasi lemak and char kuey teow. Incidently, I am an vegetarian.



12:18 [Comment From Ram] 
Datuk Seri in the past you have backed certain candidates in party elections, will you do so this time around. Why not remain neutral this time around since you indicated that you will be stepping down and let the delegates decide theirs and party future.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I have already said what you have asked.



  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Our delegates are matured enough to elect the right person.


12:19 [Comment From kiwi] 
dato seri, Why are we not ready to accept Malaysians as Malaysians like Americans, Australians, NewZealanders or like in most part of the world, but rather still tagging ourselves Malays, Chinese or Indians. Even Africans and Indians who migrated to America is accepted as an equal citizen without any affirmative policies for the whites like our NEP to Malays.


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12:20 [Comment From E.Venkates Rao] 
Dato Seri, you re really well fit & the best leader for being a 73 year old man comparing to all the other indian leaders or even the CM of Tamil Nadu, Hats off to you SIR!
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Thank you very much, you are very kind.



12:20 [Comment From Ram jayam] 
Dato seri are you think IT is going well in MIC
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  It will go well.



12:21 [Comment From Malik Syam] 
Dato’Ser, will you consider if IPF & KIMMA join BN as component?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  From the beginning we are against it because we don’t want to divide the community into seven pieces.



12:22 [Comment From mohana puchong] 
Dear dato seri, My humblest greetings to you.With the current partioning of the indian community into fractions of political party , I think it is the best time for MIC to tap the opportunity to robe more members as unlike others MIC is a long serving party and definetly united, also that changes are already happening in the party, I think setting up an MIED alumni will good – what ‘s ur say dato.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Thank you very much. We will consider your suggestions.



12:22 [Comment From s k devi] 
At the september election, for the post of deputy president and other positions, will you be nuteral or side any candidate openly?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I will tell you in September !



12:23 [Comment From THIA] 
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Thank you.



12:23 [Comment From Ram] 
Datuk Seri at the party divisions there are still MIC leaders who have been there for decades literally and not doing much as well as not giving younger leaders a chance to come up, Your Comment Sir.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We are planning to make some constitutional changes bearing this in mind.



12:24 [Comment From sanjay] 
If Vel Pari contest for the Vice President post, will you be nuteral or support him openly?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  

Its up to him.



12:25 [Comment From Thomas] 
Dato’ Seri, you surely have worked hard for the community. The results are there to show in the progress the Indian community have achieved. May not be wholly your doing but you sure did play a role, small or big. Your intentions were good to groom your successor. I believe a few have disappointed you (i think). Democracy is good but you still have a a responsibiity to pass the baton to a young leader who puts service before self. Please do not leave it to the members cause I dont have much faith in their priorities. The best gift you can give the community is to hand pick the right man/woman and guide him/her for a period of time before calling it quits for some time for yourself, family and friends. Managed democracy will surely be better for the future progress of the community. God Bless
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  thank you for your comments



12:25 [Comment From james] 
Our leader Dato Seri. We Indians know and appreciate your sacrifices fior our community. thank you and may the Grace of God be with you. What are your favourite foods and fruits.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  thank you.



12:26 [Comment From Palani, jb] 
Gd day Dato Seri, from your experience can you advice me how to change indian’s mindset from worker’s to business magnets. My believe is if everyone workhard to build their own business, we can change the future of our next generation. keep it up with your good work Dato Seri. thank you.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Naturally, when people work hard, they will progress.



12:26 [Comment From All For The Road] 
How do you think of the present government under Najib as compared to that of Tun Abdullah’s administration?
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Everone have their own leadership style.



12:27 [Comment From Iniyen] 
Dato ..MIC done nothing on Sri Lankan Tamils being killed massively, atleast Pakatan done something…………….
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We don’t make noise and grumble but what we have done is very well known to the people of Sri lanka particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils.



12:28 [Comment From Dr.Krishanan] 
Datuk Seri, Good day . Do you think the UMNO led Barisan Government should have more cooperative with you and deliver whenever you highlighted the problems of Indian in the past. TQ.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The present government led by Datuk Seri najib Tun razak is attending to many of the problems which havsbeen raised.



12:29 [Comment From BRE Anthony] 
Dato Seri, You have a good voice and sing very well, do you practice in your house with Karaoke
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I don’t do karaoke but I do sing sometimes. Singing makes me happy



12:30 [Comment From agilen] 
Again PSD scholarship issue, it has been same answer all these years – appealing. do we need to appeal by right they should get it the fist place. please comment mr president.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  The PSD has already set aside the number of seats for Bumiputeras and, chinese,Indians and other malaysians. This year’s quota is 176 for Indians. We are still asking for more.



12:31 [Comment From MR] 
Dato Seri, how are you going to compensate the shareholders of Maika Holdings which are predominantly estate workers
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  As soon as the insurance company  is sold, every share holder will get back their money.



12:32 [Comment From R.Suresh] 
Dato;, Among the indians, we are divided as Tamil, Malayalee, Telegu, Sri Langkan Tamil, Punjabi and so on. Is there any action plan for MIC to united them so that Indian can be a stronger community?
12:32 [Comment From smcnasa] 
dear dato, the whole machinery of leaders in the lower level of branch chairman to the be elected person for any election representing the indians from mic should be throughly wetted and much be be people oriented person who devote themselves in uplifting the indian community and not ledareds who just warm seats and do nothing, dato pls do revamp this banish the rubbish and install a branded quality liking leader before you leave. we like to see leaders who speaks for all and not for himself and his supporters. dato plaese do bring together all leaders of the spilld groups together rather then all are working indivually. together we speaks great, let us all work together for one mission and one vision thet uplift the indians living sthandard and face the future in this challenging global era. thank you dato god blesses you and your family


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  By being Tamils, Punjabi, Malayalee, Telugus, doesn’t mean that they are divided. Its clan groups but they are Indians in one.


12:34 [Comment From KFTANG] 
What are your hopes for Malaysia in the coming days?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  My hope is that the new leadership of Dtuk Seri Najib Tun razak will actually look into the plight of the Indians and strategise to alleviate them. I’m very sure he will do that. I can see signs towards the direction.


12:35 [Comment From thiagu] 
datuk seri i would love to have lunch with great mic leader like u


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  We can have lunch, if you so wish, contact me.


12:35 [Comment From thiagu] 
if jaya partiban contests mic vice president is it good for wanita mic


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  she is free to contest anything she wants


12:36 [Comment From Kumar] 
Datuk Sri do tyou know that Maika Holdings is the only company which started with more than RM100 million hard cash yet it went down the drain under your very own eyes and stewardship. Is this amongst your achievement


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  My friend, you are sadly mistaken, it has not gone down the drains. the money is still there. Maika Holdings owns more than 70 per cent of United Oriental Capital insurance company. Why don’t you read and understand all this?


12:38 [Comment From TC] 
Good Day Datuk Sri. As you say people especially the Indian’s do not understand the Rebrading. Dose that means that MIC under your leadership have failed to bring the the massage of rebranding to the people.


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I don’t think you understood my answer. I said some people don’t understand, not all MIC leaders.


12:39 [Comment From durai] 
hello my friend pakatan just wayang kulit lah


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  

You are right.


12:40 [Comment From Kumar] 
Datuk Sri have you ever thought even for a momement about the quality of MIC leaders icluding yourself?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  When you don’t understand quality, how could you assess it yourself?


12:40 [Comment From R.Suresh] 
Dato Seri, recently it has been published in News that there are many defaulters who didn’t pay up MIED loans which end up the deserve ones didn’t get it. Why is so. Is the staff in MIED is not efficient enough to curb this problem?


  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  It is not that MIEd staffs are inefficient. The borrowers are not efficient in paying back the loans. In any case, we take them to court.


12:41 [Comment From Thalaivar] 
All the best Datuk Seri, just hope that they would award you the Tun asap. Take care of yourself and start embracing what is offered by the new IT tools………..


12:41 [Comment From time] 
Dato Seri, MIC is outdated and irrelevant as it has failed to listen to its ppl. In many ways, HINDRAF has opened the eyes of many Indian Youth.
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  Hindraf may have opened the eyes of many Indian youths but what is the benefit to the Indians youths in the country today? The Pakatan used the Indian youths to gain the Indian votes. What has Pakatan done for the Indian youths today. hindaf can blame BN today but they must also be brave enough to balme the pakatan which has dropped the Indians after the election.



12:43 [Comment From SRS] 
what r your regrets if any in political life
  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  SRS,
The regret is, that people don’t understand what has been done for them. Under my leadership, the Indians have progresed very well and today in this country, only 30 per cent of indians still under poverty. The MIC is continuously pursuing the matter with the government.



  Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu:  I would like to thank all those questions from the viewers and the readers. It is very helpful and also provided me new energy to uderstand the minds of   people. I wish to thank NST for this kind opportunity and I hope the people will continue to support the country’s leadership and democracy.


  Fauziah Ismail:  

Thank you Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu for joining us today on NSTLive. We hope you have enjoyed your interaction with our online readers. We hope too that our online readers have had a fruitful discussion with Datuk Seri.

We will be back soon with other personalities on NSTLive. Visit us at http://www.nst.com.my for further updates.

Thank you and good day.



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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indian Restaurant Job Available

Indian Restaurant Job
                                                                                 from The Star

Two major restaurant owners associations will organise a training and placement programme to encourage Malaysians to work in Indian and mamak restaurants.

The “Train and Place” programme, organised by the Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners’ Association (Primas) and the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners’ Association (Presma), is targeted at local youths and retrenched workers in a bid to reduce the dependence on foreign workers.

“We are trying to meet the Government’s policy of reducing foreign workers and this is our first step in achieving that goal,” programme director D. Arun told a press conference yesterday.

He said the three-month course would begin in June with 200 applicants targeted.

“The Human Resources Ministry will sponsor the participant’s tuition fee of RM4,500 and if the response is good we will take in more trainees at the next intake,” he added.

He said the training would be held in various institutes in the Klang Valley in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Tamil.

Those who complete the course would be quickly placed in restaurants around the Klang Valley, with the Government paying them RM800 each, Arun added.

Presma president Datuk Jamarulkhan Kadir said it was the right time to launch the programme as the Indian food and beverage industry was in need of more manpower.

“We are working to hire locals instead of foreigners but the problem is that most locals have a negative impression of being a restaurant worker,” said Jamarulkhan.

Primas president Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai said that there were currently 75,000 foreign workers in the industry, and the ultimate aim was to get locals to replace them.

Primas and Presma are also setting up a Centre for Innovative Restaurant Skills to better train workers by the year end.

Those interested in joining the “Train and Place” programme can download the application form at www.restaurantjobregistry.com or call 03-7954-9270 for enquiries. Registration starts on May 19.

This is the way to go. Instead of relying on foreign workers, its time to train our own youths, give them decent salary and work environment. Of course, there will be some bad hats and hiccups, but in the long run it will be good for the as more money is generated in the country and increase consumer spending power. Remember, “a youth who is preoccupied won’t have time to cause trouble”.

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Affin Bank Business Loan

Fund for Small & Medium Industries II (FSMI2)

1 Total Revolving Fund RM4,500 Million
2 Eligible Sector All export � oriented companies involved in the manufacturing and services
3 Eligible Participants Shareholders� fund of not exceeding RM10 Million;
. . Malaysian-owned companies/ institutions (at least 51% ownership) registered under the Companies Act 1965, Registration of Business Act 1956, the Co-operatives Act 1993 and/or the Societies Act 1996; or
. . Citizens resident in Malaysia (Sole-proprietor)
4 Eligible Projects All projects which are viable under the following sectors:- (i) Manufacturing and / or

(ii) Services

5 Limit of Facility

The minimum loan per borrower is RM50,000.00
. . The maximum loan per borrower is RM3.0 Million
6 Form of Facility All types of facilities
7 Interest Rate Maximum of 5.0% p.a.
8 Commitment Fee 1% p.a. on the unutilised portion of Overdraft and Revolving Credit Facilities
9 Tenure of Facility 3 years
10 Purpose of Financing For Working Capital and or for Expansion of productive capacity


1 Effective Date
  • 17th October 2002
2 Objective of Scheme
  • To assist entrepreneurs who have viable projects but lack the collateral to obtain the required loan amount from financial institutions
3 Credit Facilities for Guarantee
  • Base on the credit facilities eligible under the:-
    1. Fund for Small and Medium Industries-2 (FSMI2)
    2. New Entrepreneur Fund 2(NEF2)
4 Eligible Participants
  • Based on the individual eligibility criteria of the FSMI2 and NEF2
  • Must be Malaysian owned or Malaysian controlled (majority of shareholding/interest is Malaysian). Except for the RFSMI scheme, borrower must have good track record and is not listed under Biro Maklumat Cek of the Central Bank
5 Loan Limit
Scheme Amount
RM3.0 Million
RM5.0 Million
6 Interest Rate
Scheme Interest Rate
  • There is no capping of guarantee cover for the secured portion of the loan
7 Guarantee Cover
  • Ranging from 30% to 80%
  • Covers credit facilities ranging RM0.5 million up to RM2.5 million for unsecured portion and no capping for the secured portion of the loan
8 Guarantee Fee
  • The annual guarantee fee, payable in advance annually, will be borne by the lending institution and is calculated based on th guarantee cover issued
  • Unsecured Portion – Between 0.75% to 1.5% p.a
  • Secured Portion – Between 0.5% to 1.25% p.a
9 Guarantee Period
  • Follows the tunure of the loan / tunure of funding i.e.
    FSMI2 – up to 3 years
    NEF2 – up to 8 years

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TemaNiaga BSN



Majukan Perniagaan Anda Dengan BSN TemaNiaga
Anda mahu perniagaan anda terus maju dan tidak terbantut di tengah jalan? Kini impian perniagaan anda dapat direalisasikan bersama BSN TemaNiaga kerana kami percaya dengan kemampuan anda untuk memajukan perniagaan.

Jadikanlah BSN TemaNiaga Sahabat Setia Anda dan nikmati masa depan bersama insan tersayang. BSN TemaNiaga pasti dapat membantu anda kerana impian anda, matlamat kami.

Kadar Faedah
15% – 17% Setahun (Berdasarkan baki asas tahunan).

Had Pinjaman
RM5,000 – RM50,000.

Tempoh Pinjaman
1 tahun – 5 tahun.

Kaedah Pinjaman

Sektor Perniagaan

  Peruncitan dan Pemborongan

Syarat Kelayakan

  Warganegara Malaysia
  Berumur antara 21 – 60 tahun
  Mempunyai daftar dan/atau lesen perniagaan
  Menjalankan perniagaan dengan tempoh minimum 2 tahun.
  Tanpa Penjamin atau Penjamin (seorang penjamin yang bergaji tetap minimum RM2,000).

Yuran dan lain-lain syarat

  Dikecualikan Duti Setem,
  Bayaran insurans akan ditolak daripada amaun pinjaman,
  Bayaran deposit iaitu bersamaan dengan 3 bulan ansuran akan ditolak daripada amaun pinjaman dan disimpan dalam bentuk Sijil Simpanan Premium (SSP) di atas nama peminjam,
  Penjelasan awal perlu mengemukakan notis 3 bulan atau penalti 3 bulan faedah, dan
  Penjelasan sebahagian iaitu minima 3 bulan ansuran atau RM1,000 mengikut yang mana lebih tinggi.

Dokumen Diperlukan

a) Pemohon
  Borang permohonan yang lengkap diisi,
  2 salinan kad pengenalan (depan dan belakang),
  Salinan daftar dan/atau lesen perniagaan,
  Penyata bank bagi tempoh 6 bulan terakhir (jika ada); dan
  Salinan buku akaun BSN (jika ada).
b) Penjamin (jika ada)
  Salinan kad pengenalan penjamin (depan dan belakang),
  Salinan slip gaji penjamin bagi tempoh 3 bulan terakhir, dan
  Salinan Penyata Cukai Pendapatan penjamin dan Penyata Simpanan KWSP penjamin (jika ada).

*Tertakluk Kepada Terma dan syarat semasa

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


                                                                          TEKUN Loan

Garis Panduan & Kelayakan Memohon

  • Warganegara Malaysia
  • Berumur 18 hingga 45 tahun
  • Pemohon berdaftar dan memiliki sijil pendaftaran Suruhanjaya Malaysia (SSM)
  • Peminjam harus terlibat sepenuh masa dalam perniagaan
  • Menyediakan satu rangka oelan perniagaan yang ringkas dan padat
  • Individu yang diisthiyarkan bangkrap/muflis tidak layak memohon.
  • Keperluan dokumen-dokumen perniagaan adalah ditetapkan oleh YSS dan Tekun Nasional
  • Keputusan YSS dan Tekun Nasional

    Jenis Pinjaman & prosuder Pinjaman SPUMI

  • PINJAMAM SPUMI MIKRO (RM 500 hingga RM 10,000) ditentukan oleh pihak pengurusan TEKUN Nasional
  • PINJAMAN SPUMI MIKRO SEDERHANA (RM 10,000 hingga RM 30,000) ditentukan oleh pihak pengurusan TEKUN Nasional.
  • Tenpoh pembayaran balik ansuran adalah masa 3 tahun hingga 5 tahun dengan kadar faedah tetap 4% setahun.
  • Skim ini mengikut format TEKUN dalam membiayai pinjaman perniagaan
  • TEKUN akan mengenakan bayaran RM 30 sebagai yuran pemprosesan.
  • Elemen insurans dan simpanan juga ditetapkan dalam perniagaan ini.

    Nota tambahan:

  • Borang diberi dengan percuma
  • Tiada Kos Urusetia
  • Maklumat lanjut sila hubungi pihak YSS
  • Borang terus diserahkan kepada pegawai YSS (pihak YSS tidak mengamalkan penghantaran melalui orang tengah)
  • Pemohon dinasihatkan membuat satu salinan dokumen sebelum menghantar kepada YSS.Sesi taklimat mengenai pinjaman ini akan diadakan pada setiap hari Rabu di Pejabat YSS. Sila hubungi kami untuk maklumat lanjut di talian 03-40415958.
  • May 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 44 Comments


    by P Siva Palaniappan” avis@malaysiaairlines.com

    This is a very good article. Those who are still single may learn something from here…
    Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage & relationship …


    During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said, ‘How do I know if I married the right person?’  
    I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, ‘It depends. Is that your husband?’
    In all seriousness, she answered ‘How do you know?’

    Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind.

    Here’s the answer.
    relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse/partner. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies (unconventional behavior/habit).

    Falling in love with your spouse wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called ‘falling’ in love… Because it’s happening TO YOU.

    People in love sometimes say, ‘I was swept off my feet.’ Think about the imagery of that __expression.
    It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

    Falling in love is easy. It’s a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria (excitement) of love fades. It’s the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.

    The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.  

    At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, ‘Did I marry the right person?’ And as you and your spouse reflect on the  euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

    Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work,  a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

    But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else.   You could.

    And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):


    SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It’ll NEVERjust happen to you. You can’t ‘find’ LASTING love. You have to ‘make’ it day in and day out. That’s why we have the __expression ‘the labor of love.’
    Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes W IS DOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.

    Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.

    Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships.
    Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship
    make your marriage stronger. It’s a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable… you can ‘make’  

    Love in marriage is indeed a ‘decision’… Not just a feeling.

    Remember this always:

    ‘God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.’

    May 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Senator Datuk T. Murugiah Sacked

                                                                       Senator Datuk T. Murugiah Sacked

    SEREMBAN, May 10 (Bernama) — Senator Datuk T. Murugiah will meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday in connection with his sacking from the Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP).

    The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told reporters he only knew of his sacking from PPP after reading newspapers today.

    “I dont’ want to comment on it. I leave it all to god almighty,” he said after opening a small business, agriculture and franchise seminar here today.

    Murugiah, PPP’s sole representative in the government called for patience adding the truth would prevail.

    PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas announced yesterday Murugiah was sacked from the party for alleged money politics and attempting to challenge his position.

    The registration of Silibin PPP branch in Ipoh, led by Murugiah, has also been revoked.



    Earlier, Murugiah urged Indians not to be dependent on the government for jobs but to seize the many business opportunities.

    He said there were lots of opportunities available unlike claims by the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) that Indians were sidelined.

    “The Fisheries Department director-general told me it is organising a boat piloting course but no Indians have come forward. So who is to blame here?

    He said a new cooperative for Indians would be formed soon, to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

    Koperasi Malaysian India New Economics Wave with a membership of 16,000 would help Indians to venture into business to be on par with other races.

    May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Malaysia Frees 13 ISA Detainees

    Malaysia Frees 13 ISA Detainees

     KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – – Malaysia said on Saturday it has freed 13 people held under its tough internal security laws, including three ethnic Indian activists detained since organising anti-government protests in 2007.


    “All of them have been released today,” police chief Musa Hassan told AFP.

    He said five Filipinos and two Indonesians released will be sent back to their home countries. The remaining six Malaysians were freed on certain conditions on which the police chief declined to comment.

    “We will pass the foreign detainees to the immigration to be deported to their home country,” Musa said.

    The release of the Indians, members of the banned ethnic Indian rights group Hindraf, removes a thorn in the side of new Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is trying to promote his reform credentials.

    They and the other 10 were held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), a relic of the British colonial era which allows for indefinite detention without trial, and which human rights groups have campaigned to have abolished.

    The government said on Friday that it had decided to release the 13 because “they no longer need to be held under ISA”.

    One of the Hindraf members, M. Manoharan, was elected from his jail cell to a seat in the parliament of Selangor state in general elections last year that saw a sharp swing to the opposition.

    Manoharan’s wife, S. Pusphaneela, said the release of her husband would enable the state lawmaker to serve the people and she is looking forward to his return.

    “He is on the way home now and my three children are waiting anxiously for their father,” she told AFP.

    Rights groups welcomed the release of the 13 but urged the government to free the remaining 14 people, mainly suspected Islamic militants, held under the ISA or charge them in court.

    “We always believe that these detainees who were never proven guilty in any court of law should not have been detained in the first place,” Abolish ISA Movement coordinator E. Nalini said.

    Najib freed another batch of 13 detainees, including two Hindraf leaders, soon after being sworn in last month and has denied it was a bid to win back support for the ruling coalition.

    The five Hindraf leaders were taken into custody after enraging the government in November 2007 by mounting a mass rally alleging discrimination against minority ethnic Indians.

    Ethnic Indians make up less than eight percent of the 27 million population of the mainly Muslim-Malay country, but say they fare badly in terms of education, wealth and employment opportunities.

     source : http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090509/tap-malaysia-politics-isa-india-0193655.html

    May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    MINDRAP New Party

    The Malaysia India Democratic Action Party (Mindrap)

     KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) — The Malaysia India Democratic Action Party (Mindrap) has pledged its support to the government policies on improving the well-being of the Indian community.


    Its president, Manuel Lopez said the party, which was set up in 2005, would play a meaningful role in raising the problems of the community.

    “We know that some of the demands made by the community went unfulfilled maybe because they were not pursued correctly.

    “We should not blame the government. What is important, the struggle to advance the interest of the Indian community must go unabated,” he told a news conference here today.

    Lopez said the formation of the party was not to compete against the MIC or the People’s Progressive Party but to intensify the struggle for the community.

    — MORE


    “I formed the party with the aim of improving the well-being of the Indian community. From our study, the community is still lagging behind and saddled with many problems such as the identify card, education and unemployment,” he said.

    Claiming that Mindrap has about 3,000 members nationwide, he said the party was formed due to unhappiness over the leadership of the other Indian based parties.

    Asked whether Mindrap would apply to join Barisan Nasional, Lopez said, “We are an independent party and we will support whoever fights for the interest of the community.”

    source : http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/bnm/20090510/tpl-mindrap-support-bm-98d6c80.html

    May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Meningitis Outbreak In Malacca

     Meningitis Outbreak In Malacca

    KUALA LUMPUR: The number of Road Transport Department academy trainees who are in the Malacca Hospital’s isolation ward for suspected meningitis has increased to 29.

    Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the number as of Sunday evening was an increase from the 18 who were admitted in the ward.

    “All of them are in stable condition and the situation is under control,” he told reporters on Monday here after an MS ISO 9001:2000 certificate presentation ceremony.

    Two trainees are still in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

    He added patients were undergoing a cycle of treatment, which takes a week.

    Meanwhile in Butterworth, the trainee who contracted bacterial meningitis in Malacca was responding well to treatment at the Kepala Batas Hospital.

    State Health Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the trainee’s blood sample has also been sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) for analysis.

    “His family members and care givers have also been given medication as a precautionary measure as it has not been ascertained whether the cause of the infection is a mixture of both bacteria and virus,” he told reporters on Sunday after closing the three-day Penang Health Fair themed “Health for Life”.

    It was reported that trainee Mohd Ashraff Sabrani, 23, who works at the State Road Transport Department, was admitted to the hospital and placed in the intensive care unit after he developed high fever last Sunday.

    He was transferred to the isolation unit the following day after his condition improved.

    source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/5/11/nation/20090511114848&sec=nation

    May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment