KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 - The MIC has set up an election squad in each of its 3,700
branches nationwide to secure Indian votes for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the
coming general election.
Its president, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said
that each 20-member squad comprised representatives from the MIC's Wanita,
Youth, Puteri and Putera wings.
He said branch chairmen were tasked with
the setting up of the squad to identify each of the party's 518,500 members who
were registered voters.
Currently, MIC has more than 630,000 members.
"They (squads) will be
deployed in all the 'peti undi' (voting booths) in their respective areas, where
they will conduct house-to-house visits to reconfirm their (members') votes for
the Barisan Nasional," Samy Vellu, who is also works minister, said in a
statement here, Friday.
On the voters, Samy Vellu said it was essential
for the squad to ensure that each turned up on polling day to cast their
Apart from MIC members, the squad would also target other
registered Indian voters in their areas to secure votes for BN, he
He said all branch chairmen were directed to activate the squad and
not wait until Parliament was dissolved.
Samy Vellu said the branch
leaders were also instructed to convene their respective branch meetings and
chart a 20-day visit programme.
"The MIC will work hand-in-hand with
UMNO, MCA and other component parties to secure Indian voters as we have done in
past general elections," he said.
Samy Vellu said the party would also
cooperate with the Indian Progressive Front (IPF) led by Tan Sri M. G.
Pandithan, in securing Indian votes for BN.
"We will also seek the help
of our friendly Indian-based NGOs to deliver the Indian votes," he said, adding
that the MIC had embarked on a concerted effort to ensure a bigger victory for
He said in 62 parliamentary and 130 state seats, Indians comprise 10
per cent or more of the registered voters.
"This is a significant size
and the MIC role is to bring in these voters for the BN," added the .
PPP Hoping For Three More Parliamentary And 11 State
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- The People's
Progressive Party (PPP) hopes to be allocated three more parliamentary and 11
state seats for the coming general election. It had been allocated two
Its president Datuk M. Kayveas however said he would leave the
decision to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Nasional (BN) component parties were still waiting for BN chairman Abdullah to
call a management meeting to discuss the allocation of seats, he told reporters
at the MCA Chinese New Year 'open house' here today.
In the 2004 general
election, Kayveas won the Taiping parliamentary while PPP's other candidate lost
the Pasir Bedamar state seat to the DAP.
Kayveas said the party would try
to win all the seats allocated and was hoping to be given three more
parliamentary and 11 state seats to contest.
Meanwhile, later at the
Penang PPP Chinese New Year 'open house', Kayveas said he was counting on BN to
stick to the quota of four parliamentary and 12 state seats held by the party
when it joined the coalition in 1972.
He said the four parliamentary and
12 state seats had been taken over by Umno, MCA, MIC and
"Considering that PPP is getting stronger especially with the
500,000 members eligible to vote, it is only reasonable that the seats be
returned to PPP," he added.