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H Selangor elections: Samy Vellu meets Najib over Hulu Selangor race

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 30 @ 07:01:09 CDT

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themalaysianinsider.com, Mar 30 2010

By G. Manimaran KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu today met Datuk Seri Najib Razak to discuss the party's choice for the upcoming Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election. “I will meet the Prime Minister again in two, three days,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted. The parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of its MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad



last Thursday. Samy Vellu (picture) made light of an alleged tussle between the Indian-based party and its Barisan Nasional (BN) sister party Umno, saying it was not an issue. Hulu Selangor has traditionally been held by the MIC and was last won by MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel before losing it to PKR in the 2008 general election. The former Cabinet minister added that Najib as the BN chairman would decide who the coalition’s candidate would be. Bernama reported Samy Vellu had denied allegations that voters in Hulu Selangor were not interested with MIC candidates for the upcoming by-election. He said he was confident the situation on the ground had changed since the landmark Election 2008. “If we look to prioritising voters, there is no place in the country where an Indian can stand for elections. “The Indian community does not have a majority in any constituency. They can only remain voters and this will cause all sorts of other problems. “We have stepped out of the problem now and I hope the community will try to forget what has happened before. Do not try to remind them… that’s not good,” he told reporters after launching a new Tamil school building at Jalan Tepi Sungai in Klang today. Samy Vellu had earlier rebutted hearsay that voters in Hulu Selangor preferred a candidate from Umno to one from the MIC to stand for the by-election. The ex-works minister nominated Palanivel to represent the BN. Palanivel had been the Hulu Selangor MP from 1990 until his defeat in the last general election two years ago. Asked if he had any other candidates in mind other than Palanivel, Samy Vellu jokingly said: “We could field an 18-year-old or a 19-year-old.” Samy Vellu explained that Palanivel’s nomination was based on the Indian party’s “hierarchy”. “Hierarchy must be respected if not society will think I do not respect the decision of the majority. “Palanivel is the deputy president today because of the decision of the majority,” he said. Samy Vellu added that the MIC No. 2 had a good chance to snatch back the seat as he had encouraging support from the Hulu Selangor MIC division as well as Umno branch leaders in the area.

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Samy Denies Hulu Selangor Constituents Not Keen On MIC Candidate By: Ramjit--> KLANG, March 30 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu has dismissed allegations that the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituents are not keen on an MIC candidate to contest in the by-election.

Samy Vellu said he believed the situation in the constituency had changed since the 2008 general election.

"If we look at the preference of the constituents, there is nowhere an Indian can contest in this country. Indians have no majority at all in any constituency to contest. They can just remain as voters and this will lead to a lot of other problems.

"We are getting out of the problems now and I hope people will try to forget what had happened in the past. Don't try to remind them...it's not good," he told reporters after officially opening a new building of the Jalan Tepi Sungai Tamil school, near here, on Tuesday.

Samy Vellu was earlier asked to comment on talks that the Hulu Selangor constituents prefer an Umno candidate as opposed to an MIC candidate to contest in the by-election.

The former works minister had proposed MIC deputy president Datuk G.Palanivel to represent the Barisan Nasional (BN) in contesting the seat.

The Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of its in*****bent, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad, 71, of brain cancer last Thursday.

He won the seat by defeating Palanivel by a majority of 198 votes in the 2008 general election. Palanivel was Hulu Selangor MP since 1990 before he lost the seat in 2008.

Asked whether he had other candidates in mind other than Palanivel to contest in the by-election, Samy Vellu jokingly said: "We can look for an 18 or a 19-year-old boy to contest."

Samy Vellu also said that MIC's proposal for Palanivel to contest the seat was done in accordance with the party hierarchy.

"The party hierarchy must be respected or otherwise people would think that I don't respect the majority's decision.

"Palanivel is party deputy president today due to the decision made by the majority."

Samy Vellu said Palanivel would stand a chance of wresting back the Hulu Selangor seat as he was getting overhelming support from the constituency's MIC division and ordinary Umno branch leaders.

-- BERNAMA

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