Monday December 3, 2007
Devamany let off the hook
By FLORENCE A. SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Cameron Highlands MP K. Devamany who landed in hot water over his controversial statements in Parliament recently has been let off the hook without any suspension or warning.
Devamany had a 20-minute meeting with Chief Whip and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Monday morning to explain himself.
Devamany had spoken up in Parliament last month seemingly sympathising with the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) rally.
The MIC backbencher told Najib Monday that he regretted his statement but when pushed further by reporters he declined to say whether he was sorry over what he said.
"He was very nice to me. I told him I regret the statement.
"He advised me on what happened. I truly believe that unity, peace and stability is paramount in the country and cannot be compromised.
"Najib has expressed concern over the plight of the Indian community which will be addressed by the Government and MIC through the Barisan Nasional spirit," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby Monday.
Devamany thanked Najib for meeting him and explained to the Chief Whip concerns on the ground of the Indian community.
Also at the press conference was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Deputy Chief Whip Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who confirmed that no suspension or warning had been given to Devamany.