With the recent disturbing development in MIC threatening to boycott the by-election and withdrawal of the party from the BN, Najib should not be in a dilemma and must not show weakness in leadership by submitting to threat.
He should stand up to Samy Vellu, either he accepts his choice of another Indian candidate or he is going to drop the MIC and put a Malay candidate.
The MIC claimed that it was due to UMNO's arrogance that they did badly in the March 2008 General Elections and threatened to close down the branches in Hulu Selangor.If that is not enough, they have now resorted to blackmailing by threatening to sack Mugilan, accusing him of stealing the candidacy. Samy wants to show Najib who is boss, a challenge Najib should not left unchallenged.
Samy and his hoodlums wanted Palanival to serve their own interests.
The Indian community have, rightfully, rejected them in the last elections due to their failure to look after the interests and welfare of the community.While Samy and his cronies become richer and richer, poorer Indians have been reduced to becoming gangsters and violent criminals due to neglect by Samy and MIC.
With assistance from the government MIC set up its investment arm, Maika Holdings to increase Malaysian Indian equity in the capital market and the economy. Samy chose who to lead the corporation? His own son Vell Paaria. Maika Holdings is in serious financial trouble and couldn't pay back 66,400 Indians who invested in the company.The company have not declared any dividend to its shareholders.
In January this year Samy approached Najib for his help to sell the only profitable company in the stable, Oriental Capital Assurance Bhd to a GLC, to enable Maika to repay those poor Indians who invested in the company.Najib gave the consent and asked MIC to find a suitor among the GLCs.Typical of the Indians in MIC, they can't see or walk in a straight line, the decision to sell was stopped by a court injunction obtained by none other than Samy's estranged deputy S.Subramaniam who controlled Koperasi Pelbagai Bhd, a shareholder in Oriental Capital Assurance Bhd.
Enough is enough, UMNO has been more than benevolent by giving away a Malay dominated constituency to the ungrateful MIC.
Maybe, it's time Najib shows Samy and MIC the door should they persist with their threat and unreasonable demand.
He wouldn't want to be called a toothless tiger.