Last year (September 15), the nation was shaken by the news of the passing of the former President of MIC and Malaysia’s longest-serving Cabinet minister, Tun S. Samy Vellu.
Having said that, to honour the late S. Samy Vellu’s great deeds for the country, a 9.3km stretch of the Ipoh-Butterworth boot road has been named after him. Federal Gazette mentioned that the new “Jalan Tun Dr S Samy Vellu” begins at the Kinta-Kuala Kangsar border and ends at the Taman Makmur junction in Sungai Siput, Perak.
A former aide to Samy Vellu urged Putrajaya in September to rename either Jalan Ipoh or Jalan Raja Laut in Kuala Lumpur after the MIC’s longest-serving president.
E. Sivabalan, who worked as Samy Vellu’s press secretary from 2002 to 2008 and then as his senior private secretary from 2010 to 2018, stated that this was done to honour the former minister’s contributions to the country.
His political career began in 1974, when he became the MP for Sungai Siput, and five years later, he became a minister. Samy Vellu was also the MIC’s longest-serving president, leading the party for 11 terms from 1979 to 2010. He also holds the title of being one of the Cabinet’s longest-serving ministers.
He served under three prime ministers: Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Samy Vellu who is fondly known as the iron man of the party, always came up with new ideas to improve the development of communities and nations unfailingly.
He is no more but his legacy lives on.✨
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