Wednesday, December 28, 2011



What Ramasamy said in the interview with The Star

GEORGE TOWN: The Star stands by the article based on an interview with Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy on Dec 21 by our journalist Ian McIntyre.

The interview was arranged and agreed upon by Dr Ramasamy on two counts; one is about allegations of poor governance – which included him having an extra-marital affair, and secondly – his take on issues confronting the Indian community.

The allegations were made against him by Indian DAP grassroots activists here.

“As a journalist, I cannot disclose the identity of these activists as they related their problems to me in good faith and confidence.

“I felt that the interview was necessary as it would give an opportunity for Dr Ramasamy to air his side to the allegations against him,” said Mcintyre.

The interview took place at Dr Ramasamy’s office located on the 51st floor of Komtar.

McIntyre said it was a cordial gathering as all of them (including two journalists from Malaysiakini) have interacted with each other in the past on friendly terms.

“When I raised the allegations, Dr Ramasamy responded swiftly, saying he heard about it and there was no truth to them.”

He proceeded to outline the allegations made by the grassroots, describing them as senseless.

McIntyre also recalled Dr Ramasamy as saying: “There are only three or four of these grassroots members, unless you want to count earthworms as grassroots.

“I think you would be astounded if I relate to you some of their demands.”

McIntyre said Dr Ramasamy even named those who plotted against him, but out of fairness, those names were not published.

“He might not have uttered the word ‘grand design’ but said that some quarters might be conspiring to oust him ever since he was appointed to head the (state) Hindu Endowment Board,” said McIntyre.

Dr Ramasamy reiterated a few times during the interview that the issue was not about the warlord-godfather squabble with DAP chairman Karpal Singh, but it was mostly on the allegations made against him and on the plight of poor Indians.

The Star would also like to point out that when Dr Ramasamy called on the morning of Dec 23 to clarify some points, it was immediately uploaded onto the online edition which he himself agreed was “fine”.

ARAB KOMEN:  ramasamy salahkan THE STAR , sekarang star pertahankan apa yang ramasamy kata itu benar,  lepas nie jangan nak kata UMNO pulak yang salah..!!!


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