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H Selangor elections: MIC To Focus On Development Issues For All Races, Says Samy

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 07 @ 08:36:05 CDT

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama), April 7 -- MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu said the party will campaign on development issues not only for the Indians, but for all races in the constituency, in the April 25 Hulu Selangor by-election,

He had instructed the party's 70 branch chairmen in Hulu Selangor to submit daily reports to him on the development status in their areas and to touch base with the people more often.

He told reporters at the MIC headquarters here that he had been visiting Hulu Selangor in the past few days to see and hear for himself the problems faced by the people and meeting the community representatives to seek their views.

The party's Wanita, Youth, Puteri and Putera wings had also lined up many people-centric programmes.

"We will all work as a team in the spirit of the BN (Barisan Nasional). Together, I am confident that we can take back the seat (Hulu Selangor)," he said, adding that the MIC machinery would also counter opposition allegations against the BN.

He did not discount the possibility of deploying the Bagan Pinang by-election campaign strategy in Hulu Selangor where more than 70 percent of the Indian voters voted for the BN.

Hulu Selangor was represented by MIC deputy president Datuk G.Palanivel for four terms until his loss to Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the 2008 general election.


Hulu Selangor Candidate Will Be From MIC - PM By: Ramjit--> SHAH ALAM, April 7 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election will be from the MIC, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the BN would uphold the team spirit of the coalition in determining which party gets to contest a seat and as for Hulu Selangor, the seat belonged to the MIC.

"As it is the MIC's seat, we UMNO, MCA, PPP and Gerakan will back the BN candidate but I just ask that the person be decided by the BN chairman (Najib) because I want us to win," he told participants of a Selangor BN convention here Wednesday.

Najib said he did not want BN component parties to be too calculative in the matter (selection of candidate) because what was important was a BN victory this time.

"As friends, if we lose it is not that MIC was defeated but the BN, if we win MIC wins and BN wins," he added. Speaking at a press conference later, Najib said the sentiment and mood on the ground in Hulu Selangor now favoured the BN.

However, he said in a by-election there were a number of factors to be considered, one of them the candidate itself, unlike a general election where the nation's leadership and national issues featured very much.

"If we want to win, we have to take into account all the factors.

We are in the process of assessing what do they (voters) want in terms of the BN's role as well as the candidate," he said.

The Hulu Selangor seat fell vacant following the death of PKR's in*****bent member of parliament Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad on March 25, due to brain cancer.

In the 2008 general election, Zainal Abidin defeated Datuk G. Palanivel of the Barisan Nasional, with a 198-vote majority. Hulu Selangor has 63,593 voters.

Nomination is on April 17 and polling on April 25.


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Do-or-die battle for Hulu Selangor Comment by BARADAN KUPPUSAMY
Victory for PKR will be an endorsement of the Pakatan Rakyat administration’s people-friendly policies in Selangor. PKR considers the Hulu Selangor by-election a major battle and is pulling out all the stops to retain the former Barisan Nasional fort that it won narrowly by 198 votes in the 2008 general election. “We are throwing everything into this battle. “It is a major battle for us and we want to win,” said PKR strategy director Tian Chua. “Hulu Selangor is a test for us in more ways than one. “It will also showcase our preparation or (lack of it) for the final battle ahead,” he said, referring to the next general election. It is also the first by-election battle in Selangor and like Barisan, PKR also wants to enter the general election with a big win behind it in Hulu Selangor. The party has been carefully weighing its options in Hulu Selangor even before its in*****bent Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad passed away on March 25. The seat was a Barisan stronghold and previously held by Barisan stalwarts like MCA’s Tan Sri Michael Chen, Tan Sri Lee Kim Sai and Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh, even as far back as the country’s first election in 1955 with Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin in the seat as its MP. This historical seat passed to the MIC and the current MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel won it in 1990 in his first outing as a fresh-faced politician. He managed to retain the seat easily and by huge margins in subsequent general elections, but was swept away in the 2008 tsunami. In fact, he was the first Barisan leader ever to lose this strategic parliamentary seat. Pakatan Rakyat, PKR especially, has come under tremendous pressure to not just win the constituency but by a bigger margin than the 198 that Dr Zainal Abidin managed in 2008. The stakes are especially high for PKR and less so for the DAP or PAS. For PKR, a victory is crucial as it will somewhat erase the stigma attached to the party after it was rocked by an internal crisis last month with four of its MPs defecting – three to become independents while the fourth was sacked for alleged indiscipline. A big victory in Hulu Selangor will also hold up Pakatan as a tenable coalition and boost morale among members besides silencing critics who allege the opposition coalition is likely to implode. Victory will also be an endorsement of the Pakatan’s administration of Selangor – which it is trying to turn into a showcase of good, clean and environment-sensitive management with its numerous people-friendly policies. Pakatan has also closed ranks and left it to PKR to contest the seat and for its leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to select the candidate. PKR leaders have had three major meetings since March 25 to discuss potential candidates. The list has been changing with numerous names included and later dropped. But finally, the choice has been made. Key Pakatan leaders will make the announcement together in Kuala Kubu Baru on April 13. Currently, only two names are on the final list – local boy neurosurgeon Dr Halili Rahmat and PKR co-ordinator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, a former Umno MP for Kota Baru. PKR sources said that after wide-ranging debates, the final choice would be Zaid, the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who resigned in September 2008 during the premiership of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi over the use of the ISA against DAP MP Teresa Kok and two others. Whether the chosen one is Dr Halili or Zaid, it is still an uphill battle for Pakatan. “We are the underdogs but don’t discount an upset victory,” said Tian Chua. The constituency, while having a Malay majority, has significant numbers of Chinese and Indian voters at 27% and 19%, respectively. The total electorate of 64,000 is spread out over a vast area – in small towns, new villages and oil palm plantations, Felda schemes and traditional Malay villages. Within the constituency itself one can classify the majority Malay voters into two categories – semi-urban and deeply rural, a situation that will test the PKR’s waning influence over rural Malay voters. The terrain can be extremely rough with voters in places like Ulu Bernam on the edge of Perak state or in far-flung Felda settlements that border Pahang, not counting the Orang Asli settlements. The remoteness of some parts of the constituency is a major nightmare for political campaigners, especially given the short eight-day campaign period. The by-election will test the machinery of both the coalitions to the maximum – to reach voters, to convince them and even to ferry some out to vote. While nomination is only on April 17, the battle for Hulu Selangor has already started under various guises with all the major political leaders and their helpers already making a beeline for the constituency to convince its voters.
Samy-Subra feud a distraction for BN in Hulu Selangor By Baradan Kuppusamy KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — The nearly life-long feud between MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and his former deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam has escalated into an open war and as usual they are using their respective Tamil newspapers to fire salvos at each other. The real victim of their never ending feud seems to be the Barisan Nasional which is facing a major battle with the Pakatan Rakyat for the Hulu Selangor constituency on April 25. More specifically Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who wants to win  the constituency in a big way to show that national political momentum is behind him, is left holding the adverse results of their never ending feud. In a statement yesterday Subramaniam attacked Samy Vellu and his Tamil Nesan newspaper in a uncharacteristic and frontal attack, blaming the party president for the ills in the community and accusing him of being a major handicap for BN. He criticised Samy and Tamil Nesan for implying that he and his supporters were not backing deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel as the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election candidate. “These articles in Tamil Nesan were written with a sinister and ulterior political motive to sow seeds of hatred and animosity among MIC and Barisan Nasional supporters,” Subramanian said. He said the by-election should be used as an opportunity to unite the different factions in MIC and to bring them together to win the seat. “The articles falsely implied that I was behind the move for the seat not to be given to MIC or Palanivel,” he said. He said the newspaper had also alleged that he was plotting to defeat of Palanivel by instigating some independent candidates to stand against Palanivel. Tamil Nesan in articles last week implied that Subramaniam was behind the independents — four mid-level MIC leaders — and said Subramaniam was continuing his feud with Samy Vellu and Palanivel by fielding these independents. “He lost in a free and fair contest to Palanivel and should be man enough to admit the defeat,” Tamil Nesan managing director Vel Paari told The Malaysian Insider. “He should know when to fight and when to close ranks,” he added. “We are fighting for Barisan victory now and must close ranks.” Samy Vellu supporters told The Malaysian Insider that the Makkal Osai newspaper, owned by supporters of Subramaniam, had been constantly harping on alleged problems in Hulu Selangor, implying that  Palanivel did “nothing” as MP for four terms. They also give prominence to the independents and any anti-Samy Vellu news, the supporters said. The accusations were denied by Subramaniam supporters who said the newspaper was merely giving space to the legitimate grouses of the Hulu Selangor’s Indian constituents. “It is a fact that Samy Vellu is unpopular and that Indian voters in Hulu Selangor don’t want Palanivel to contest,” said a diehard Subramaniam loyalist who declined to be named for fear of a backlash from the MIC. Subramaniam fought Palanivel twice for the deputy president’s post and lost both times because of strong support for Palanivel from Samy Vellu. In the 2009 contest Najib, when opening the MIC congress and election, gave a sterling speech for change that brought the delegates to their feet. The animosity between the two camps run deep and have surfaced in the run-up to the Hulu Selangor battle. For Subramaniam, who faces political oblivion, the by-election is a chance to smear his opponents but carefully without hurting BN or Najib. For Samy Vellu the priority is to ensure that the MIC and Palanivel gets to contest and to win big to erase the humiliation of defeat and possibly retire with honour on a big win in Hulu Selangor.



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