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Election Squad In MIC Branches To Secure Indian Votes

Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, February 08 @ 02:28:03 CST

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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 votes.

Apart from MIC members, the squad would also target other registered Indian voters in their areas to secure votes for BN, he said.

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 BN.

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 .

-- BERNAMA

PPP Hoping For Three More Parliamentary And 11 State Seats 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 seats.

Its president Datuk M. Kayveas however said he would leave the decision to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Barisan 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 Gerakan.

"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.

-- BERNAMA

 
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