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Samy Vellu Says He Is Leaving It To Voters

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, February 24 @ 07:57:03 CST

Samy Vellu
SUNGAI SIPUT, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- MIC President Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu who will be defending his Sungai Siput Parliament seat for the ninth term this coming elections, declined to comment on his chances of a bigger majority win at the three-corner fight for the seat.

He said he was leaving it to the voters in the constituency to decide their selection of candidate.

"We cannot show-off when we are a candidate in an area. We have to be modest and wait for their decision. I do not want to comment on the majority of votes at the moment," he told reporters after handing over his nomination form at the Kuala Kangsar Town Council, Sungai Siput division, here Sunday.

The Works Minister will be facing Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)candidate Dr D. Jeyakumar, who is contesting on the ticket of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and Independent candidate, Nor Rizan Oon.

In the 2004 general elections which also saw a three-corner fight, Samy Vellu defeated Jeyakumar with a majority of 10,235 votes. DAP candidate, Sanmugam Ponmugam Ponnan was the third contender for the seat.

Samy Vellu said the number of candidates fighting for the seat was not important but instead attention should be given to the preparations undertaken by the Barisan Nasional to win the full support of the voters in the area.

Meanwhile, the Elections Commission received three protests from three individuals believed to be members of Party Socialis Malaysia(based on the T-shirt worn by them which spotted the word "Parti Sosialis Malaysia"). Two of them protested to the description of "Minister" as Samy Vellu's occupation in the nomination form. The other was a protest to Samy Vellu's date of birth which was different from the date of March 8 as previously reported by The New Straits Times paper.

However, Election Returning Officer, Raya Mad Dan Hassan rejected all three protests.

He said the registering of "Minister" in the application form was allowed to be used by the administration of the temporary caretaker government as provided under the Constitution. As for the date of birth, he said the EC took into account the date as given in the nomination form and not as reported by a newspaper.




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