This news i cut and pasted from yahoo news :
You all can analize,who is telling the truth......Samyvellu or Associated Press!!!
Well we know,that Sam doesn't know wat is truth!!!
1 million???Are You Kidding????
And about his Thaipusam Address,in which he called Malaysian Indians to be United,its a joke!!
Mr.Sam,we all are united,and thats the reason why,you came to the temple heavily bodyguarded by 50 FRU personnel!!!(normaly only 10 of your gangsters will bodygurad you!!)
And sudden disappearance of MIC Thanneer Panthal in Penang Thaipusam,shows that,Malaysian Indians are united under HINDRAF(Makkal Sakthi)and against UMNO slave MIC!!!
By JULIA ZAPPEI,Associated Press Writer AP - Wednesday, January 23
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ten of thousands of pilgrims, some with skewered cheeks, gathered Wednesday for a Hindu festival dampened this year by a boycott among ethnic Indian activists discontent over the government's treatment of minorities.
After overnight prayers and preparations, pilgrims carrying kavadis _heavy frames decorated with beads and peacock feathers _ and brass pots with offerings of milk marched in processions to Hindu temples across the country to celebrate the Thaipusam festival.
But the main procession and prayers, which normally see nearly 1 million people gather at Sri Subamaniar Swamy Temple inside the limestone Batu Caves near Malaysia's biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, were this year the target of a boycott by ethnic Indian activists, who urged pilgrims to go to other temples in order to express their anger at the government.
Many ethnic Indians, who make up 8 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people, feel they face discrimination in jobs, education and business, and say they do not have full religious freedom in this Muslim-majority country.
About 60 percent of Malaysia's population is ethnic Malay Muslims. There is also a large ethnic Chinese minority that is mainly Buddhist and Christian.
"Rumors of riots and political problems kept people away. It's very dull ... usually you cannot walk around here," S.M. Mahndran, 50, said, pointing at empty spaces in the Sri Subamaniar Swamy Temple foreground.
Pilgrims were urged to gather at other temples instead of the Batu Caves, which are controlled by the Malaysian Indian Congress, a political party in the ruling National Front coalition. Indian activists accuse the MIC of not doing enough for the ethnic Indian community.
Shopkeepers around the Batu Caves, pilgrims and journalists said only about 30,000 to 50,000 people turned up this year.
There were no official estimates of the crowds, but MIC president Samy Vellu claimed a crowd of more than 1.1 million.
"The crowd is the usual crowd. I have come to Thaipusam for 60 years ... I am very, very happy," he said.
The simmering Indian discontent became evident on Nov. 25 when about 20,000 people held an unprecedented anti-government rally in Kuala Lumpur. Five leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force, which organized the protest, were jailed under a law that allows indefinite detention.