KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi today refused to be drawn into speculation on the fate of
a few Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in the March 8 general election.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, repeatedly said: "I've not seen the
candidates' list yet."
The Prime Minister said that even the heads of BN component
parties were not guaranteed of a seat if they were not recommended by
"That's what we do (party heads will usually be recommended as
candidates). If they recommend their names, we'll consider. If they
don't, we can't force them," he told reporters after chairing the Umno
Supreme Council meeting.
Abdullah, who was bombarded with questions on the fate of Works
Minister and MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, said: "I haven't
decided yet...maybe when the list comes, he may not put his name on the
The Prime Minister was also asked on the intention of former MIC
deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam to contest in the election and
the rumours about a minister from Perlis being excluded from the
Pressed further on Samy Vellu's fate, Abdullah said: "I don't know
what's going to be there (on the list), let me have a look first, so
stop asking me because I haven't seen the list yet."
Asked about Samy Vellu's recent announcement that he would defend
his Sungai Siput parliamentary seat, the Prime Minister said: "Anybody
can say anything to the press, later on they do something else."
Abdullah said he would comment on the BN candidates only after seeing the lists submitted to him by the party leaders.
"I will meet state BN leaders to discuss the candidates' list. Not today but another day to be decided later," he said.
The Prime Minister also did not rule out the possibility of more women candidates being fielded in this election.
"Hopefully, there'll be women candidates, God willing, more than from
previous elections, I guess so...I've not seen yet (the list)," he said.
Asked on the biggest challenge for the BN in this election, he
said it was the election itself and the BN would take everything
Responding to a question on the longer campaign period, Abdullah
said it should not be a problem if everybody followed the rules and
regulations set by the Election Commission.
The commission had set Feb 24 for nomination and polling on March 8.
To another question on whether the general election was called
earlier to prevent Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim from contesting, Abdullah said: "It has nothing to do with
that. We've forgotten about Anwar."
Even an army will not stop me, says Samy
KUALA LUMPUR: Even an army will not be able to stop MIC president Datuk Seri
S. Samy Vellu from defending his Sungai Siput seat.
“An army can come but I know how to fight it out,” he said of reports that
the Opposition would be fielding a candidate against him.
“I will defend woh foong (Cantonese for Sungai Siput),” said Samy
Vellu, who has held the seat since 1974.
He said he had the full support of the various communities in Sungai Siput
and that he had built Tamil, Chinese and Malay schools, hospitals and community
colleges in the constituency.
“The people in Sungai Siput are with me. They are my strength. I have strived
for them and served them.
“I have made Sungai Siput a very beautiful town. Not only that, I have solved
every problem of the community. I have made Sungai Siput a really good place to
live in,” he said.
Samy Vellu was confident there would be no Indian vote swing away from the
“The Indian voters are all at home and not in the streets,” he said referring
to the recent Hindraf protest.
On the Barisan supreme council meeting yesterday, he said president Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi gave a lot of advice to members.
“We will abide by a policy which is unity in the coalition. The Barisan must
be united to gain victory.”