GEORGE TOWN: The feud between Karpal Singh and Dr P. Ramasamy continues to simmer with the DAP national chairman’s supporters crying foul that they were kept out of an event organised by an NGO aligned with the Penang Deputy Chief Minister II.
They claimed that this was a move by Dr Ramasamy to project himself as the leader of Tamils in the party. “The organisers of the event – Justice for Sri Lankan Tamils – invited two DAP leaders from Perak aligned to Dr Ramasamy, but local Indian leaders were left out,” said a Karpal supporter.
The Penang MGR Welfare and Social Association had invited Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mansor Othman, Dr Ramasamy, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran and Sungkai assemblyman A. Sivanesan to the event at the Dewan Haji Ahmad Badawi field in Butterworth last Saturday.
“But it did not invite Karpal, his supporters or Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer and Bagan Dalam assemblyman A. Tanasekharan, who are both Tamils. “It shows the three leaders are not interested in matters concerning the welfare of the Tamil community,” he said.
He said Karpal attended a similar forum organised two years ago since he was sympathetic towards the plight of Sri Lankan Ta-mils. Tanasekharan said: “I was not invited although the venue was in my constituency.
“I would have gladly attended if there had been an invitation since I feel strongly for the community.” The issue of Sri Lankan Tamils is close to the heart of Dr Ramasamy, who had raised the issue in the Dewan Rakyat and championed the cause of the community internationally.
Dr Ramasamy said he was not the organiser of the event. “I was only invited to the function. You should ask the organisers why other party leaders were not invited,” he said. Association secretary A.K. Anand said they invited leaders who could speak eloquently about the issue. “We also invited MIC leaders but they did not turn up,” he said.