MIC's Samy Vellu is behaving like an old, weary and weak lion waiting to be challenged by the next young leaders in his pack.
By sacking his secretary-general Murugessan, his action is pushing himself to the brink. The expulsion of Murugessan shows how insecure Samy is about the prospect of losing power. Unfortunately, the MIC chief is losing goodwill and respect faster than he could imagine.
The sign is clear and it shows that the Anti-Samy protest (GAS) has the support of some higher echelon in the country. If not, the group's gathering would have been able to obtain a police permit to gather and condemn a leader of Barisan component party.
Vel Paari's apology to UMNO was an attempt not to further anger some factions in UMNO who may want to oust his dad.
Samy is a politician who has outlived his time. Dr Mahathir had given him a good advice - do not overstay his usefulness. But Samy must do better than Mahathir in preserving his legacy after his retirement.
MIC is a party in decline. The state of MIC mirrors that of the community. Indians in Malaysia are a neglected lot similarly other minorities are often not featured or considered in any mainstream development.
The fate of Indian Malaysian community lies with the mindset of the community itself. They should start to exercise their democratic rights by choosing good governance over some lame communal promises made by any politicians.
A lack of political awareness amongst the Indian Malaysian community is a sad thing. The community needs something which none of the political parties in Malaysia is able to deliver - some direction, leadership and sincerity in putting the community's needs, issues and insecurities in the right perspective.
How long since have we heard of any Indian Malaysian who had excelled in a certain field since Dr Jegathesan?
This is a wake up call for the community. It is time to break out of their communal shell.