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H Selangor elections: MIC Ready For Hulu Selangor Battle

Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, March 26 @ 10:28:29 CDT

National: Politics
KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (Bernama) -- The MIC is ready to slug it out with the opposition to re-capture the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat, following the death of in*****bent Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad last night.

Party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the MIC would propose deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel to the Barisan Nasional (BN) to contest in the by-election.

He said the party would leave it to the BN leadership under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide on the matter.

However, Samy Vellu stressed that what was important was to ensure a victory for BN, as the parliamentary seat had been a BN stronghold.

"Our priority is for BN to win, and if possible, to win big. Palanivel stands a good chance to win," he said in a statement here Friday.

Samy Vellu said Palanivel, who first won the seat in the 1990 general election, had been serving the constituency well, meeting the people and resolving their problems.

Palanivel lost to Zainal by a slim majority of 198 votes in the 2008 general election.

"He (Palanivel) has been attending to the needs of the various communities in Hulu Selangor since the last general election," said Samy Vellu.

He said the cooperation extended by other BN component parties in Hulu Selangor to Palanivel had facilitated him to serve the people of the various communities in the constituency.

"The MIC will work very closely with the other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, especially UMNO, to wrest the seat in the by-election.

The MIC chief also extended his condolences to the family of the late Zainal who had suffered brain cancer.

Meanwhile, an MIC leader said Palanivel would make a good BN candidate to fight for the seat as the latter was a three-time member of parliament for Hulu Selangor, prior to the 2008 elections.

The leader, who declined to be named, believed that voters, including Indians in the constituency, were back with the BN.

Zainal was a former Cheras Umno division chairman (1987) and headed the Hulu Langat Umno for several terms.

The former deputy menteri besar joined PKR in 2005 before being offered to contest the Hulu Selangor seat under the opposition banner.

The seat, which has about 63,000 voters, has three state constituencies -- Hulu Bernam, Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baharu -- with all three seats won by the ruling BN at the 2008 general election.

The majority of the voters in Hulu Selangor are Malay (33,691 voters or 51.17 per cent), followed by Chinese (16,915 or 26.18 per cent) and Indians (12,549 or 19.43 per cent). The seat also has about 1,000 Orang Asli voters.


Choice Of Candidate Vital For BN To Wrest Hulu Selangor Seat - Hishammuddin By: Ramjit--> PUTRAJAYA, March 26 (Bernama) -- Choosing a suitable candidate is vital for ensuring Barisan Nasional's (BN) victory in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat by-election, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Hishammuddin, who is also Home Minister, said fielding a candidate who had good rapport with the local community would make it easier for BN to wrest back the seat, which was won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the last general election.

"The BN candidate will be announced by the BN leadership, and based on our experience, the candidate must have a good relationship with the people, especially the local community," he said after chairing a post-Cabinet meeting at his ministry level, here, on Friday.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof announced today that the EC would meet next Friday to set the nomination day and polling for the Hulu Selangor seat.

The seat is now vacant following the death of its in*****bent MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad from PKR last night from brain cancer.

In the 2008 general election, the late Zainal Abidin who was also a former Selangor Deputy Menteri Besar, defeated BN candidate Datuk G.Palanivel with a slim majority of 198 votes.

Zainal Abidin who joined PKR in 2005, garnered 23,177 votes while Palanivel, who is MIC deputy president, obtained 22,979 votes.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu today said that he would nominate Palanivel to represent BN in the by-election. Palanivel was Hulu Selangor MP since 1990 before he lost the seat in 2008.

Hishammuddin said BN's performance in the by-election would also depend on well-organised campaigning involving all BN component parties.

He is confident BN can win back the seat in view of the various problems faced by the opposition-led current state administration.

"The opposition parties had previously accused us of so many things, but when they were given the chance to rule, various problems have cropped up.

"The people now understand that it's not easy to administer a state or country. The opposition was quick to point the accusing finger, but they have failed to fulfil their promises," he said.




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