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H Selangor elections: Samy Vellu Keeps Mum On Hulu Selangor Candidate

Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, April 15 @ 08:46:25 CDT

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (BERNAMA) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has opted to keep silent as to who will be MIC's candidate for the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election.

When approached by reporters after he chaired an emergency meeting of the party's all-powerful Central Working Committee here, he did not want to divulge who the candidate would be and was only willing to say to wait for the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tomorrow.


He also cautioned members that disciplinary action would be taken if they failed to toe the party line.

Muhyiddin is scheduled to announce the Barisan Nasional's candidate for the by-election in Bukit Sentosa, Hulu Selangor at 4pm tomorrow.

The Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election is called following the death of its in*****bent, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR, from brain cancer last March 25. Nomination is on Saturday and polling is on April 25.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced that the candidate for the by-election would be from the MIC.

-- BERNAMA

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themalaysianinsider.com

MIC to DPM: Palanivel or bust By G. Manimaran Bahasa Malaysia Editor KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu will meet with Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin this morning with an ultimatum from the party — Datuk G. Palanivel as the Hulu Selangor candidate or nothing. Relations between the two senior BN members have been strained by reports that Umno was keen to replace the former four-term Hulu Selangor MP with a new face — MIC Youth deputy leader V. Mugilan — when Muhyiddin announces the candidate this afternoon. “This has never happened before, but the CWC meeting last night resolved that BN accepts Palanivel or we won’t stand in Hulu Selangor this time; let Umno put a candidate,” a central working committee (CWC) member told The Malaysian Insider. The party had proposed Palanivel’s name for the April 25 by-election, triggered by the death of PKR MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad late last month. The MIC deputy president has been the four-term MP for Hulu Selangor since 1990, before his defeat in Election 2008 by a narrow 198 votes. But in recent weeks, other names have surfaced — including Mugilan’s, the Hulu Selangor MIC Youth chief, and party information chief, P. Kamalanathan — much to the chagrin of the party, which sees the by-election as a way to promote Palanivel and cement his status as Samy Vellu’s successor. “Datuk Seri Samy will bring this difficult decision to Tan Sri Muhyiddin ... both were scheduled to meet last night but the meeting was postponed twice and now they will meet this morning,” the CWC member added.
Samy Vellu is to deliver the ultimatum when he meets Muhyiddin later. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The Malaysian Insider understands the meeting will be held at 8.30am, after previous meetings were called off due to the deputy prime minister’s tight schedule. An MIC source revealed that the majority of the MIC leadership agreed with the ultimatum in the meeting, after Samy Vellu briefed them on the background of the issue and correspondence with both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Muhyiddin on the party’s choice. But it is understood that there were some who believed MIC should accept the final decision of Najib, who is the BN chairman. The unprecedented late night CWC meeting, however, resolved that MIC will not accept any name other than Palanivel’s. “Any MIC members who receive an offer to stand as the party representative will be sacked immediately... meaning until now, only one name has been offered by the MIC and no one else can accept the ticket for MIC,” the source said. Asked if the decision was a threat to the BN leadership, an MIC leader said “it is not a threat but a firm stand to defend MIC’s dignity”. Samy Vellu had announced early this morning the party was investigating Mugilan, who is also Hulu Selangor MIC Youth chief, for allegedly “stealing” the Hulu Selangor seat from Palanivel. He said the party was mulling disciplinary action, including sacking, for those working against the party. “Whoever who acts to steal a seat from the MIC will face action. On top of the list now is Mugilan,” Samy Vellu explained. Mugilan has been seen as an “Umno proxy,” although his name only surfaced after several polls conducted by agencies appointed by Umno and BN. The 35-year-old businessman has kept mum about his chances but is now campaigning for Palanivel, who also happens to be his political mentor over the past 10 years.

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hursday April 15, 2010 Do or die fight for MIC and Palanivel Analysis
By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY

The MIC, which suffered its biggest setback in the 2008 general election, could be faced with another crisis if the Hulu Selangor parliamentary poll goes against it. IT is the moment of truth for the MIC – the up-coming Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election. Once a premier party which was accepted without question as the sole representative of the Indians, the MIC was battered in the 2008 general election losing in six of nine parliamentary and 12 of 19 state constituencies it contested. It was the biggest blow ever against MIC. Despite the setback its long-time president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu stayed on winning a 13th term as MIC president and attempted to rebrand the dispirited party, but the outcome is nothing to shout about. The MIC tested itself at the Bukit Selambau by-election in Kedah in April 2009 but its candidate Datuk S. Ganesan, a MIC veteran, was defeated by PKR newcomer S. Manikumar. The MIC is testing its mettle again in the April 25 Hulu Selangor by-election and it is hoping to do better this time by not only winning the Indian vote but also that of the other communities in this Malay majority constituency held by the MIC since 1990. The former in*****bent and MIC deputy president, Datuk G. Palanivel, lost to PKR’s Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad by 198 votes. Zainal died of cancer last month setting the stage for the by-election. The by-election is a “do or die” battle for the MIC as well as Palanivel, if he is selected to contest, because it gives him the oppportunity to restart his career. The Barisan Nasional, against grassroots opposition, announced last week that the MIC will re-contest the seat but the party’s candidate for the by-election is still an issue. Most likely the Barisan will select the tested veteran Palanivel who is to face another Goliath in PKR supreme council member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. Nomination is on Saturday. The battle would not be a walkover for Palanivel, even with all the Barisan’s resources behind him. Although some indicators show that the Barisan has an edge over Pakatan in Hulu Selangor, it is a slim edge and can evaporate at short notice depending on the issues raised by Pakatan Rakyat which is also throwing everything into this battle. The MIC is focusing all its meagre resources on winning over the 19,000 Indian voters, nearly one-third of whom work and live outside the constituency. It is a major task to identify and persuade them to come back and vote for the party, especially when most of them are young and some having tasted rebellion after taking part in the Nov 25, 2007 Hindraf protest in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the protesters joined PKR, and today are frontline campaigners in Hulu Selangor. They are active, committed and dedicated PKR workers and they know the issues. In addition, the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor state government is generous with cash donations and land-titles to temples and Tamil schools in Hulu Selangor. Small business loans, long denied to Indians, are also being generously distributed by the Pakatan government to deserving participants. The attention shown to them are widely talked about among Indian voters and sets a favourable climate for Pakatan among the long-suffering Indian voters whose alienation from mainstream society is one reason for the 2007 Hindraf protest. But the Barisan has been making amends since then. It has been actively pursuing and providing stateless Indians identification cards, upgrading Tamil schools and providing financial help to temples in a bid to right the wrongs and win over hearts and minds. Both political coalitions are actively wooing the Indian voters, not just in Hulu Selangor but across the country with the upcoming 13th general election in mind. The Indian voters, who until recently bore the brunt of neglect, are gradually getting the attention they long cried out for. While Pakatan is ad hoc in its remedial measures, the Barisan is more focused on long-term measures. It set up a Cabinet Committee in 2008 chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to identify and monitor the participation of the Indian community in government projects and programmes. Last week, a Special Implementation Taskforce reporting to the Cabinet Committee was set up to monitor and strengthen service delivery and implementation to ensure that poor and low-income Indians take part in government programmes. There are numerous government programmes like poverty eradication, affordable housing, educational advancement, skills training opportunities, business training and micro credit schemes in which Indian participation is said to be low or nil. With Barisan’s backing, the MIC is confident that the Indians who voted against them in 2008 were returning. “We are seeing increasing numbers of Indians attending MIC functions,” said a MIC Youth wing grassroots campaigner. Pakatan is also confident that Indian voters who voted for them in 2008 would return the favour. “A people-friendly government is what the voters want,” said Selangor exco-member Dr Xaxier Jeyakumar. “They trusted us in 2008 and will back us again. They know we care,” he added.


 
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