HULU SELANGOR, April 13 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy
Vellu said Tuesday he is not distracted by speculations that the Barisan
Nasional (BN) will not pick a candidate proposed by him or that the
opposition is likely to field former minister Zaid Ibrahim in the Hulu
Selangor parliamentary by-election.|
"I don't worry about what others say. My worry is only for the BN to
win," he said when met at the Hulu Selangor MIC office here where he was
discussing plans for the by-election with grassroot leaders.
The veteran politician said he had been working tirelessly in the
constituency in the past two weeks to identify problems and take
measures to solve them with the cooperation of all parties.
Asked on a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
on Monday that the BN would field a local candidate for the by-election
on April 25, Samy Vellu said everyone are local.
"It does not mean anything to me...everyone are local. I played a major
part in doing work earlier than anyone else," said Samy Vellu who had
proposed his deputy, Datuk G. Palanivel, a four-term MP who lost in the
2008 general election, as candidate.
The seat fell vacant following the death of in*****bent MP Datuk Dr
Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat on March 25.
Muhyiddin's statement had raised speculation that MIC Youth deputy
leader and Kerling Estate-born V. Mugilan would be the likely candidate,
while MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan and MIC division deputy
chief K. Balasundram's names had also cropped up.
On Zaid being PKR's likely candidate, he said it did not make any
difference as the constituency of 65,000 voters need an MP who could
serve the people.
"We are not fighting a person...we are fighting a party. He (Zaid) is a
good man, but reputation is different from serving the people."
He said a candidate from the ruling government would be better off in
serving the people here and a victory for the BN would transform the
physical condition of the area.
"They (PKR) already had two years but nothing had moved. People here
can see for themselves...they need a government that cares, need leaders
who can plan their future and this can only be done by the BN," he
MIC hits brakes to protest Umno scheming
themalaysianinsider.com, April 13 2010
By Baradan Kuppusamy and G.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The Umno campaign to install V. Mugilan in
place of Datuk G. Palanivel as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for
the Hulu Selangor by-election has hit a raw nerve with the MIC, whose
grassroots members are now “going-slow” on the campaign in protest.
Top MIC leaders are also beginning to react, not just by lashing out
at Mugilan but also at his backers in Umno and BN.
The Malaysian Insider
understands that MIC president, Datuk
Seri S. Samy Vellu, spoke out for his deputy, Palanivel, at a BN
management committee meeting yesterday.
There, Samy Vellu lashed out at BN leaders who argued for Mugilan.
Palanivel had been nominated by Samy Vellu to be BN’s candidate for
the by-election, but Mugilan’s name has surfaced in recent days as a
replacement because the MIC No. 2 was apparently unpopular with Umno and
voters in the constituency.
Mugilan had told The Malaysian Insider
on Sunday that he was
not behind the speculation that he would be chosen as BN’s candidate.
“I have already denied it... what more can I do?” Mugilan said.
Samy Vellu criticised those who pitched for Mugilan
over Palanivel. — file pic
However, top MIC leaders, who were
huddled in several meetings yesterday and today, were not convinced by
It is understood the senior party leadership was also blaming Umno
Hulu Selangor divisional leaders for orchestrating the anti-Palanivel
movement, by feeding the media and blogs with such speculation.
MIC sources say the party machinery in Hulu Selangor that has been on
overdrive since PKR in*****bent Datuk Zainal Abdin Ahmad died of cancer
last month, has slowed down dramatically because of the
“We are going slow and cancelling many functions. We want to see how
they are going to get the Indian voters without our support. We are very
unhappy... that they are telling us what to do, who is our candidate,”
said one MIC grassroots leader on condition of anonymity.
“If Palanivel is not selected, we will boycott the election,” said
another MIC grassroots campaigner.
An MIC central working committee member, who went to Bukit Beruntong
yesterday to take part in campaigning by delivering hampers to families,
was surprised to find the activity had been cancelled.
“Nobody was there... they had closed shop and left,” said the CWC
member. “Only today I learnt the campaign has slowed down over the
MIC sources further say some party members were planning to organise a
protest tomorrow over the alleged “interference” by Umno.
“We want Malaysians to know we cannot be trampled upon,” said a local
MIC leader involved in organising the proposed protest.
“Mugilan is an inexperienced boy compared to the veteran Palanivel.”
The Mugilan-Palanivel issue, if not resolved, will serve as a major
boost for Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which is preparing to field heavyweight
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim as its candidate.
“Mugilan is no match to the heavyweight Zaid,” said a Palanivel aide
Despite the controversy over the candidate, sources close to
Palanivel said the former MP is “still confident” of being fielded as
the BN candidate.
They said BN’s infatuation with Mugilan was temporary.
“He (Palanivel) is also confident of winning against Datuk Zaid but
by a small majority,” the sources told The Malaysian Insider.
The PR coalition will officially announce its candidate tonight while
BN is expected to do so on Thursday.
The bad blood among BN parties over the candidacy is likely to weaken
BN’s chances in the contest.
PR is also throwing everything it has into the battle to retain the
Its chance of keeping the seat will be bright if the MIC continues to
drag its feet or boycotts the BN campaign entirely should Palanivel not
BN risks alienating about 6,000 hardcore MIC voters in the
constituency if it leaves Palanivel out in the cold, MIC sources said.
“Indian votes will scatter if Umno is seen as interfering in the
candidate issue,” said another MIC leader. “We will walk out.”
A local leader from another BN party said, however, that he believed
Samy Vellu was bluffing and would not dare to walk out if Mugilan was
fielded. Instead, he said, Samy Vellu would close ranks and fight for
“There is too much at stake for him personally to go against
Barisan/Umno,” the leader said. “He knows who is the boss of the