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Kayveas denies making "monkey in cage" remark

Datuk M. Kayveas

KUALA LUMPUR (May 19, 2009) : PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas has denied calling MIC, the largest Indian-based political party in the country,  "monkeys in a cage." 
Saying that he had never made the derogatory remark, the former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said certain quarters made up "a story to tarnish his image." 
"Where is the proof that I made the statement. I would say it is all hearsay... in fact I can sue those who issue public statements alleging that I made the remark," he told Bernama. 
Yesterday, Vel Paari, a MIC vice-presidential aspirant and son of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was reported to have asked Kayveas to provide an explanation to the party over the remark. 
Paari had said that a former PPP grassroots leader confirmed that Kayveas had indeed made the remark at a PPP gathering a week ago. 
"That is also hearsay. He (Paari) heard it from someone else. He should concentrate on his own party. Check your facts first before making unwanted
"Clear the Maika share issue which had caused hardship to hundreds of Indians in the country. Now that is not a hearsay but a fact," Kayveas said. 
Paari is making his foray into national politics and is expected to contest the vice-president post at the MIC elections slated for September. 
Kayveas said there had been many "rumours and allegations" made against him over the last month following his fallout with former PPP Youth chief Datuk T. Murugiah, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. 
"I can't say for certain who is going around creating these stories but I think we all know the prime suspect. I will not react unnecessarily but do not provoke me to react," he said. -- BERNAMA

Kayveas tells Murugiah to check in to Tanjung Rambutan

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Melissa Loovi

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — There appears to be no hope for reconciliation between Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M Kayveas and sacked party leader Datuk T Murugiah after the former blasted the latter as a mental case and suggested that he gets professional help.

Although Kayveas had in the past stated that there is still hope for Murugiah to make amends, calling Murugiah a nut case and telling him to “check in to Tanjung Rambutan” is likely to kill off any chance of Murugiah apologising to his former boss.

“Since he is from Perak, he should get a mind check at (a mental hospital in) Tanjung Rambutan,” he told reporters at a press conference held after a BN supreme council meeting.

Murugiah was sacked by the party’s supreme council two days ago for using his deputy minister’s office in the Prime Minister's Department to hold a press conference which tarnished the good name of the party and making highly defamatory remarks against the party, the supreme council and party’s leadership.

Murugiah had also infuriated the party’s top leadership when he threatened to use all his powers to get the party deregistered. The supreme council then came up with a resolution to demand his sacking.

Also axed were six other party members believed to be Murugiah’s supporters.

Although Murugiah is the party’s sole representative in the Cabinet, Kayveas said he “would rather lose the post than deal with Murugiah.”

Kayveas however said there is still chance for Murugiah to appeal against the sacking as he still has 12 days to present his case to the party’s supreme council.

“If he does not reply in within the time given to him, we will make a recommendation to nominate someone to replace him from our party to the prime minister. The Cabinet post is not given to Murugiah but to PPP,” he told reporters.

The PPP president was then asked about Murugiah’s statement that he has the backing of majority of the party members after he claimed to have gathered 100,000 signatures as a sign of support.

“I also can get a million signatures. This is a cheap, low cost tactic,” he said. Kayveas also claimed that the signatures collected by Murugiah are not even those belonging to party members.

Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, speaking at a press conference held after chairing his first BN supreme council meeting, said the open spat between Kayveas and Murugiah is an internal matter and should be dealt with internally.

This means that Murugiah could stand to lose his government post if he refuses to apologise to Kayveas as Najib’s statement indicated that he would have no qualms about replacing Murugiah with anyone from PPP should the party indicate its intention to replace the sacked leader.


Blast from the past regards to "monkeys"...

Thursday December 8, 2005

Stop monkeying around, MPs told

MEMBERS have been told to stop calling each other monkeys.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Lim Si Cheng said he would not allow the label to be used in the House anymore.

“Do not mention 'monkey' again,” he told Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk M. Kayveas.

Earlier, Kayveas, in winding up debate on the Judges’ Remuneration (Amendment) Bill, was interrupted by Chong Chieng Jen (DAP – Bandar Kuching).

“Sit down. Give me a chance to speak. If both of us speak no one will be able to hear. If I were to say that you are behaving like a monkey, you will get angry,” said Kayveas.

Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang stood up to protest, asking why Kayveas was allowed to utter the word “monkey.”

“This is the third time someone has used the word 'monkey',” he said. He (Kayveas) should withdraw the word and apologise.”

“I hope the Speaker will rule that he withdraw the word or have him referred to the disciplinary committee. Is the word allowed in Parliament?”

Several backbenchers retorted, calling Kit Siang the biggest monkey in the House.

DAP MPs started shouting back in Kit Siang's defence.

It was then that Si Cheng stepped in.

He ruled that the word “monkey” could not be used in the House and asked Kayveas to withdraw it.

At first, Kayveas refused, but Si Cheng insisted he withdraw the word.

“Please abide by my ruling. I can ask MPs to go out but I can handle this situation peacefully and with sincerity. Do not mention 'monkey' again.”

It was with reluctance that Kayveas then withdrew his statement.

Earlier, Kayveas said senior Court of Appeal judge Tan Sri Gopal Sri Ram's appointment as a federal court judge was timely.

M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat) said that Gopal, an experienced and eminent Court of Appeal judge, had been leapfrogged by those junior to him several times.

The Bill was passed.



DATUK T. MURUGIAH’S SACKING: The people will see BN in a bad light
By : HUAN CHENG GUAN, vice-president Gerakan 

IN the eyes of ordinary Malaysians, the hasty and questionable sacking of a young, vibrant and committed leader such as Datuk T. Murugiah from the People's Progressive Party definitely puts the party and Barisan Nasional in a bad light.

It seems that we are losing our comrades one by one, handicapping our efforts to build a future echelon of leaders. Not long ago, we also lost S.A. Vigneswaran, the Youth chief of MIC.

As a former Youth vice-chief of Gerakan, I am disturbed by this trend. Certain entrenched component leaders are unwilling to give younger leaders the breathing space they need to perform. BN has been through many battles, and we have all worked and toiled together for the future of BN. 

We are the soldiers who go down to the ground to face our opponents without fail and I urge the prime minister to look into this matter.

If we keep on getting rid of proactive young leaders in BN who have captured the imagination of the people, then sooner or later, BN will be left with lethargic generals and no soldiers to take on future battles. The prime minister and BN chairman must bear in mind that certain leaders in BN are no longer marketable.
They have become a liability for the coalition. If the people were to hear their names, they would immediately be put off. 

I campaigned with Murugiah during the by-elections in Permatang Pauh and Bukit Gantang and words can hardly express the effort he put in for BN.



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