Former MIC President Samy Vellu Passes Away At 86

It is learnt that Samy Vellu had apparently died in his sleep.

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Former MIC president Tun S Samy Vellu has passed away, according to his former colleague Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam in a Facebook post today, 15 September

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I received the tragic news of the demise of Tun Samy Vellu, the former president of MIC and a legendary minister in the Malaysian Cabinet from his son, Datuk Seri S Vell Paari," said Subramaniam, who is also a former MIC president.

"To many of us, he was the ultimate mentor. His contributions to the nation and to the Indian community will be permanently etched in our memories. Maju Institute Of Educational Development (MIED), AIMST University, and Tafe College were his immortal contributions."

It is learnt that Samy Vellu had apparently died in his sleep, reported The Vibes. The reason for his passing is yet to be disclosed at the moment.

He was 86 years old.

Image via Harian Metro

Born on 8 March 1936, Samy Vellu was the longest serving MIC president, who helmed the component party under Barisan Nasional (BN) for 31 years from 1979

He was the seventh president of the Indian-centric party, reported New Straits Times.

He was Sungai Siput MP for 34 years between 1974 and 2008. Samy Vellu was the longest-serving minister in the Cabinet, having to helm several ministries in the course of 29 years.

He was Works Minister from 1983 to 1989 and from 1995 to 2008. He retired from politics in 2020.

His son Vell Paari is currently a Senator under MIC.

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