Within days of his standing down from active politics, veteran ethnic Indian leader Samy Vellu has been named Malaysia's special envoy to India and South Asia, where he will focus on infrastructure-related projects.
74-year-old Vellu stepped down last week as president of Malaysia's largest ethnic Indian political party, the Malaysian Indian Congress, which he headed for more than three decades.
Prime Minister Najib Razak made the announcement of Vellu's new posting while launching his biography entitled 'A Life. A Legend. A Legacy' here on Sunday.
Samy Vellu's role as special envoy with ministerial status will come into effect next month. Vellu was held the portfoio of Works Minister in the cabinet of former premier Abdullah Badawi.
Najib said Malaysia did not want to lose Vellu's talent and many local companies would surely benefit from the appointment.
The 200-page book was written by Bernice Narayanan is filled with pictures that describe the illustrious journey of Samy Vellu, from being a humble rubber tapper's son, to becoming one of Malaysia's prominent leaders.