PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Declaring that the MIC is ready
"anytime, anywhere", Works Minister and party supremo Datuk Seri S.
Samy Vellu said today that he has the complete candidates list for the
nine parliamentary and 19 state seats to be contested by the MIC under
the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner.
"A few people have come to my office introducing themselves as
candidates. I take their pictures but tell them to be a bit
patient...however, we have completed the list to get approval from the
prime minister. If we get his approval, we will announce his decision
(on the candidates)," he said.
He told reporters this after receiving the accreditation letter for the
MIC-run Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST)
University from the Health Ministry here.
Present was acting Health Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister and MCA president.
Samy Vellu was confident that the majority of the Indian community
would vote for the ruling BN in the election, especially after the top
two leaders of the nation had promised the community that they would be
taken care of.
"The Indian community are strong voters of the BN but some people have
brought up certain things, saying marginalisation (of Indians) and many
"But I must say that the BN leadership has taken good care of that. The
Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have made several
announcements to say that everything will be taken care of. I don't
think in any other country will the Prime Minister come down to such a
level to say that the issues will be taken care of.
"I know both of them. When they say something, they will do it. I'm
very happy about what they have said but at the same time I must say
that it is not that the Indian community is 50 years backward...maybe
five years backward," he added.
Asked if he would make major changes to the list of MIC candidates for
the country's 12th general election, he said in a jest that they would
be in between the ages of 13 and 15 years.
"But seriously, if you put very young people, they don't know the
tendency of politics. It is not a question of age but the heart and
mind to take care of the people. Those who understand the people and
their problems would be good candidates.
"You will see a lot of new faces. You will be surprised when you get
the final approval from the PM on the candidates. We are actually
turning the tables," he said.
Asked if the timing of the dissolution of Parliament today was right,
Samy Vellu said: "Issues exist everywhere, everytime. It is up to the
capacity and capability of the politicians to handle it...I think we
have the experience to handle it."