New Straits Time has the story…
Lim: Say sorry and be a saint
26 Feb 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu can transform himself from “Dracula” into a saint if he makes a public apology, opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said.
Lim said Samy Vellu should apologise “for his earlier ‘bloodthirstiness’ in demanding that four opposition leaders be jailed for at least one year for blowing the whistle about the lopsided Litrak LDP concession”.Lim said this in a statement yesterday in reaction to the Works Minister’s interview in the New Sunday Times.Samy Vellu had attributed his outburst about not being “the bad boy” of tolls to the opposition leader using the word “bloodthirsty” in reference to him and toll hikes.
“He was indirectly saying I’m a Dracula. Only a Dracula goes for blood,” he said in the interview.
Lim said Samy Vellu should push for the Official Secrets Act investigation against the four opposition leaders over the toll concession to be halted.
The four opposition leaders Lim was refering to are: Pas treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli, Parti Keadilan Rakyat treasurer Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Keadilan information chief Tian Chua and Ronnie Liu, who heads the DAP’s bureau on non-governmental organisations.
The four were said to have announced that the government had guaranteed profits to Litrak, the concessionaire for the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong, in the agreement.
Under Section 8 of the OSA, a conviction for an offence carries a maximum jail term of 12 months.
Lim said yesterday that “Dracula” had not entered his mind when in his statement last Feb 3 he had demanded to know why Samy Vellu was “suddenly so bloodthirsty” as to demand opposition leaders be jailed.
Meawhile, DAP Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran called on Samy Vellu not to interfere in the DAP’s affairs.
“There is no necessity for catching up in the DAP among party members. I am Kula and he is Karpal. We don’t need outsiders to advise us,” Kulasegaran said in reference to Samy Vellu’s observation on the DAP in relation to the MIC.
Samy Vellu had told the New Sunday Times: “No other Indian can come up in the DAP. Karpal Singh (DAP chairman) is very strong, that’s how he has survived. And M. Kulasegaran is trying to catch up with Karpal. Wherever they contest, we know how to deal with them.”
Kulasegaran said instead of griping about the DAP, Samy Vellu should think about renewal in the MIC leadership.