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S. Samy Vellu
ச. சாமி வேலு
Samy Vellu 2004.jpg
Samy Vellu in 2004
Minister of Works
(Minister of Works and Public Amenities : 15 September 1979 – 2 June 1983)
In office
8 May 1995 – 18 March 2008
MonarchJa'afar
Salahuddin
Sirajuddin
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyRailey Jeffrey (1995–1999)
Mohamed Khaled Nordin (1999–2004)
Mohd Zin Mohamed (2004–2008)
Preceded byLeo Moggie Irok
Succeeded byMohd Zin Mohamed
ConstituencySungai Siput
In office
15 September 1979 – 15 June 1989
MonarchAhmad Shah
Iskandar
Azlan Shah
Prime MinisterHussein Onn
Mahathir Mohamad
DeputyClarence E. Mansul (1979–1981)
Nik Hussein Wan Abdul Rahman (1981–1983)
Zainal Abidin Zin (1983–1986)
Mustaffa Mohammad (1986–1987)
Luhat Wan (1987–1989)
Preceded byLee San Choon
Succeeded byLeo Moggie Irok
ConstituencySungai Siput
Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts
In office
15 June 1989 – 7 May 1995
MonarchAzlan Shah
Ja'afar
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyAbdul Ghani Othman (1989–1990)
Tajol Rosli Mohd Ghazali (1990–1995)
Preceded byLeo Moggie Irok
Succeeded byLeo Moggie Irok as Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia
ConstituencySungai Siput
7th President of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
In office
12 October 1979 – 6 December 2010
DeputySubramaniam Sinniah (1979-2006)
G. Palanivel (2006-2010)
Preceded byV. Manickavasagam
Succeeded byG. Palanivel
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sungai Siput
In office
16 September 1974 – 8 March 2008
Preceded byV. T. Sambanthan (MIC)
Succeeded byMichael Jeyakumar (PSM)
Majority644 (1974)
5,141 (1978)
7,897 (1982)
4,436 (1986)
1,763 (1990)
15,610 (1995)
5,259 (1999)
10,349 (2004)
Personal details
Born
Samy Vellu s/o Sangalimuthu

(1936-03-08)8 March 1936
Kluang, Johor, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died15 September 2022(2022-09-15) (aged 86)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyMalaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
SpouseIndrani Samy Vellu
Children1
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionArchitect
Tun Samy Vellu s/o Sangalimuthu (Tamil: ச. சாமி வேலு, romanized: Ca. Cāmi vēlu; 8 March 1936 – 15 September 2022) was a Malaysian politician who served as Minister of Works from June 1983 to June 1989 and again from May 1995 to March 2008, Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts from June 1989 to May 1995, Minister of Works and Public Amenities from September 1979 to June 1983 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Sungai Siput from September 1974 to March 2008. He was a member and served as 7th President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, from October 1979 to December 2010. He is the longest-serving MIC president by holding the position for 31 years and one of the longest-serving Cabinet ministers by being in the Cabinet for 29 years. In December 2010, he announced his retirement from politics, paving the way for then MIC Deputy President G. Palanivel to succeed him as the new party president.
Contents
1 Political career
2 Personal life
3 Professional qualification
4 Biography book
5 Election results
6 Honours
6.1 Honours of Malaysia
7 See also
8 References
9 External links
Political career
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.
Personal life
Vellu was born in Kluang, Johor, and is of Indian descent.
Vellu is married to Indrani Samy Vellu, who is also active in socio-political and various non-governmental organisations. He 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.
Professional qualification
He is a chartered architect and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and of the Malaysian Institute of Architect.
Biography book
"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.
Election results
Parliament of Malaysia
Year
Constituency
Government
Votes
Pct
Opposition
Votes
Pct
Ballots cast
Majority
Turnout
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%
Note: 1 & 2 Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj amid contesting under the tickets of DAP in the 1999 election and PKR in the 2004 and 2008 elections, is a member of PSM.
Honours
Honours of Malaysia
 Malaysia :
Grand Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (SSM) – Tun (2017)
 Federal Territory (Malaysia) :
Grand Knight of the Order of the Territorial Crown (SUMW) – Datuk Seri Utama (2013)
 Pahang :
Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP) – Dato' Sri (2004)
 Perak :
Commander of the Order of Cura Si Manja Kini (PCM) (1978)
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (SPMP) – Dato' Seri (1989)
 Johor :
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Johor (SPMJ) – Dato' (1980)
 Sarawak :
Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of Sarawak (PNBS) – Dato Sri (2003)
 Selangor :
Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown of Selangor (DPMS) – Dato' (1979)
See also
Sungai Siput (federal constituency)
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