Despite the claim by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu that
support for the party was strong, the momentum calling for the seat to
be given to Umno is gaining.
Selangor Umno sources say the
party feels they have a better chance of wresting back the seat from PKR
but was sceptical on whether they can do so under the MIC banner.
The talk is that Umno is ready to give another seat to the MIC in the
next general election.
Some party members also say that MIC
should do the right thing and give it to Umno for the greater good of
They say this by-election is vital as it
will be used as a yardstick to see whether BN’s goal to regain Selangor
has showed signs of progress or still remains a dream.
moment, most Pakatan Rakyat and BN supporters say capturing the state
will be an uphill battle for the BN, not least that it is in the Pakatan
domain so to speak.
However, a win will boost the morale of
BN in Selangor and ensure its goal of regaining the state remains on
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Samy Vellu
are scheduled to meet again soon to resolve this issue. MIC sources say
the decision will be announced by the weekend.
whether the seat goes to Umno or MIC is the position of MIC deputy
president Datuk G. Palanivel as the BN candidate.
There have been favourable stories about Palanivel.
One is that he has been working for the constituents, despite his loss
in the last general election.
Some Selangor Umno leaders agree
that the seat should remain with MIC so as not to cause any upset among
BN component part i e s.
State opposition leader and former
menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said it was not worth taking
the seat from the MIC.
He said BN should regain the seat using
the old tried and tested method — hard work and sincerity.
MIC members share the same sentiment and said the byelection will be
“personality based” rather than “party based”.
A senior MIC
member said if the party decides to name Palanivel, it will be a wise
“Even though some say that the Indian community may
not have warmed up to the MIC yet, there are clear signs that Palanivel
is well received in Hulu Selangor.
“Ever since the last
general election, I daresay the MIC has yet to win back the confidence
of the voters, but in this case, it will be the candidate that matters
and not the party he represents.” Palanivel has been the member of
parliament for Hulu Selangor for two terms until he was defeated by the
late Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad from PKR by a slim 198 majority in the
political tsunami which swept the country in 2008.
died of brain cancer last Thursday, paving the way for a byelection.
senior MIC member said the dissatisfaction in 2008 was aimed at the MIC
and the voters were all out to send this message across.
this, Palanivel only lost by 198 votes, while he won the seat in 2004
by a whopping 14,483 vote major ity,” said the veteran member.
Youth wing supports Palanivel's bid
Deputy MIC Youth chief V.
Mugilan has denied claims stating he is keen to be nominated as the
MIC candidate for the Hulu Selangor seat in the upcoming by-election.
He said they were merely rumours spread by certain
quarters with the intention to undermine his mentor, Datuk G. Palanivel,
who has been nominated by MIC to contest the seat.
is also the Hulu Selangor MIC division Youth chief, said he stood solid
behind Palanivel, who had brought him into the party and supported him
over the years.
"I am his loyalist. There is no such thing as me
lobbying for the seat," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
Palanivel does not get the seat, then I will resign as deputy Youth
chief and Hulu Selangor Youth chief," he said, adding that he would
back his division chief's bid to win the seat which he lost in the
2008 general election.
Mugilan said the rumours were circulated
by irresponsible parties to prevent the possibility of Palanivel
winning the seat and strengthening his position to become the future MIC
He also said there was no fallout between them
following the rumours, and this could be attested to the fact that he
had met Palanivel on two occasions in the past week to prepare for the
MIC Youth chief T. Mohan said the wing would
give their full support to Palanivel as the party's candidate for the
Mohan stressed that Palanivel, who is former
women, family and community development deputy minister, is the right
candidate for the job, based on experience and hard work.
added that Palanivel had also poured in a lot of effort into the
constituency during the four terms he served as a Barisan Nasional
Mohan also said that he was confident
that the Youth wings of all the BN component parties would work as a
team in the upcoming by-election, as they had done in the Bagan
Pinang by-election won by the BN.
The Hulu Selangor seat, which
has about 63,000 voters, has three state constituencies -- Hulu Bernam,
Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baru -- with all three seats won by the BN in
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
There are also about 1,000 Orang Asli voters.****themalaysianinsider
Three independents in fray for Hulu Selangor Indian vote
By Baradan Kuppusamy
KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — At least three MIC mid-level leaders are
preparing to stand as independents in the Hulu Selangor by-election, in a
move which could spoil the chances of MIC deputy president Datuk G.
Palanivel if he is selected as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate.
Although they deny it sources close to the three said they are
contesting for various reasons — out of spite for MIC president Datuk
Seri S Samy Vellu, disagreement over the selection of Palanivel as
candidate and in revenge for being treated “like dirt” by the MIC.
“I am not afraid. Let them sack me from the MIC for contesting,” said
S. Ananthan, a delegate in the Bukit Bintang MIC division that is
headed by former FT MIC chairman Datuk VKK Teagarajan.
Ananthan is a close confidant of Teagarajan but denied he was
contesting in Hulu Selangor at the latter’s behest.
“Teagarajan has nothing do with my decision to contest in Hulu
Selangor. I want to make a point by contesting. I am offering myself as
an alternative candidate if voters are upset with both the Barisan and
the Pakatan,” he told The Malaysian Insider went contacted today.
Teagarajan, who started in textiles before branching into hotels and
properties, has virtually ended his career in the MIC, after failing to
be nominated to contest as MP and become a deputy minister.
In recent months he has became deeply disenchanted with the MIC and
was veering towards possibly joining PKR. He, however, is still
undecided whether to sign up with the opposition party.
Political sources said he might have influenced Ananthan, his
confidant, to contest and break the Indian vote, as a favour to PKR and
its adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before ditching the MIC.
Indians make up 19 per cent of the 73,000 voters in Hulu Selangor.
Ananthan, a former journalist, is a veteran MIC member and well known
in its circles across the country.
Another MIC leader likely to be an independent contestant in Hulu
Selangor is V. Subramaniam, who stood for the MIC vice-president’s post
in the party elections in October and lost.
He is young, energetic and not one to toe the Samy-line and is
therefore outspoken and disliked.
He was in Datuk S. Subramaniam’s line-up but lost in the contest.
When contacted today Subramaniam, the former Kelana Jaya MIC Division
deputy chairman, said he was keen to contest as an independent to offer
voters an alternative.
He is believed to be close to Klang businessman Omms Thiagarajan who
is an associate of Datuk S. Subramanian, the former MIC deputy
“I admit I am close to Omms. And if Omms asks me to contest I will
stand,” he said went contacted today. “I am keeping an open mind.”
It is unclear where Omms stands politically because he was patron and
supporter of the Malaysian Makkal Sakthi Party of Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Najib Tun Razak and at the same time he also met Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim and held exploratory discussions.
A third spoiler for Palanivel is likely to be V. S. Chandran, who in
2006 sported a long beard for six months and shaved it off only after
Palanivel won the MIC deputy presidency, in a mark of respect and
Recently however he has turned against Palanivel, blaming him of not
doing enough for Indians in Hulu Selangor.
Chandran, the chairman of MIC Bandar Utama in Batang Kali, was a
former deputy chairman of the Hulu Selangor MIC division for six years
and was a staunch loyalist of Palanivel.
He could not be reached for comment.