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The South Indian Labour Fund (SILF) is back in the news. Just to help us understand the new controversy, it may be important to revisit the fund's history briefly and face the issue.

In 1999, MIC president S Samy Vellu said, "I support the dissolution of the (SILF) board because it will benefit the Indians it is for their own betterment. I never betrayed the Indians by supporting the bill in Parliament because the decision was made collectively, during a cabinet meeting, for the benefit of Indians" (The Sun on Sunday, July 18, 1999).

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