Umno has been accused of behaving in an uncivilised manner during a function organised by the Selangor state government.
The veteran politician, who for 31 years ran MIC with a firm hand until his retirement three days ago, recently discovered someone claiming to be him on Twitter, an act he said will “thwart national security”.
User @ybsamyvellu, who describes himself as “former president of the Malaysian Indian Congress, former Works Minister of Malaysia, chartered architect, loving husband and proud father”, has racked up 556 followers and 890 Twitter messages since coming online on November 29.
The messages, most of which revolve around national politics, range from the mildly plausible to the improbable.
“We must continue to engage the younger generation. Tell them that our intention is good. We want development,” reads one.
“People always like to make fun of Samy Vellu. They say I wear a toupee. You are wrong. It is a crown I have been wearing for 31 years. Porah,” reads another.
However, Samy Vellu, who was alerted to the impostor after receiving calls from friends and party members, was less than impressed.
“I’ve been informed that some irresponsible people are misusing my name to take pot shots on the ‘ketuanan Melayu’ issue,” the real Samy Vellu said in a press statement today.
“The individual concerned, who is posing as me, has been using defamatory and seditious words in his or her replies through the twitter using the name YB SAMY VELLU. The individual must be stopped as his action will thwart national security.”
Samy Vellu said he will lodge a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission “so that action can be taken on the individual”.
“I hope the authorities will act swiftly before this person creates more damage,” he added.