MIC strongman Samy Vellu

MIC strongman Samy Vellu

The curtain is finally coming down on the five-decade-long career of 73-year-old MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, and the final act is a grand send-off at the 64th MIC general assembly in May or June 2010.

His deputy Datuk G. Palanivel, who narrowly defeated rival Datuk S. Subramaniam on Sept 12, will take over as acting president, senior MIC leaders said.

However, Samy Vellu, who has informed his inner circle of his plan to depart next year, has not confirmed the actual date.

“We all know he is now prepared to leave but we don’t know the actual date… it is either May or June at the next general assembly,” a senior MIC leader said.

“But he has finally made up his mind… he is ready to leave,” the leader told The Malaysian Insider on condition of anonymity. “He has known for long… in his heart that he has to go and now he is ready.” Continue reading at Malaysian Insider…