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
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
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
“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
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
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.
Samy Denies Hulu Selangor Constituents Not Keen On MIC
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
The Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of
its in*****bent, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad, 71, of brain cancer last
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
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.