HULU SELANGOR, April 22 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday refuted opposition claims that the MIC had
bowed down to Umno in the selection of the candidate for the by-election
for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat.
He said the MIC was an Umno ally in the Barisan Nasional (BN) and the
question of a component party bowing down to another component party did
not arise at all.
"The power-sharing concept practiced by BN had started long ago where we
sit down together and discuss. All BN component parties assist in
administering the country so that all communities can enjoy the progress
achieved by the country. Although the Hulu Selangor constituency has a
Malay majority, Umno did not claim the seat as we have reached a
consensus and know that the seat belongs to the MIC.
"Initially, there were voices in Umno that wanted the party to contest
the seat but the PM (prime minister) and I agreed that the seat should
be given to the MIC according to our tradition," he said at a gathering
with the residents of Taman Bukit Teratai, here today.
Also present were MIC president Datuk S. Samy Vellu and Human Resource
Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.
The decision was made because the national leadership wanted to see
another Indian representative in Parliament, he said.
"We picked the best candidate and that's why we chose P. Kamalanathan.
In the past few days he had proven that he is qualified to be the BN
representative. The Indian voters here should support him without any
doubt because I'm convinced that he will turn out to be a good
Parliamentarian" he said.
Kamalanathan will be challenged by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim from Parti
Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Muhyiddin Challenges PKR To State Agenda For
The Indian Community
HULU SELANGOR, April 21 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin tonight challenged Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to
clearly state their agenda for the Indian community in the country.
Muhyiddin said until today, PKR's agenda for the Indians was not clear
compared with Barisan Nasional (BN) who have already set up a Special
Cabinet Committee to manage the welfare of Indians, chaired by Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and aimed at overcoming problems
faced by Indians.
"PKR has no agenda for the Indian community. I want to challenge PKR to
show what is their agenda for the Indians or the other races," said
Muhyiddin at Ladang Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam here today during a
campaign held to support BN candidate P. Kamalanathan who takes on Datuk
Zaid Ibrahim from PKR.
Muhyiddin cited BN's allocation of RM35 million to help the Indian
community to venture into business through the Tekun Nasional initiative
which was earlier a privilege enjoyed by Bumiputera.
Tekun Nasional has approved loans amounting to RM12 million for 1,513
Indian youths since it was launched.
Muhyiddin said the BN government was also concerned with problems like
education, welfare, opportunities for education and job opportunities.
"BN gives priority to racial unity unlike the opposition who only know
how to raise political instability which does not benefit," he said.
300 PKR Members In Klang Quit Party To Join MIC
PORT KLANG, April 21 (Bernama) -- Three hundred Parti Keadilan Rakyat
(PKR) members from the Klang branch, including its deputy Youth chief M.
Palanibalakumar, walked out of the party tonight.
According to Selangor MIC Youth chief Shanker Raj Ayenger, they had
received 300 Photostatted identity cards from the former PKR members at
Jalan Kem here, requesting to join MIC.
Palanibalakumar said he and the other members decided to quit the party
because they felt neglected and failed to receive any form of
assistance from the party.
"The Indian community here is neglected. The PKR does not bother about
our problems where many of us are jobless, there are single mothers
with financial problems, widowers without protection and poor people
left without aid," he said.
They have failed to realise that they were the backbone to the PKR
machinery during the 2008 general election to ensure victory in Klang
because 20 percent of the 12 voters were Indians, he said.
Palanibalakumar said since the sentiments among the Indian community in
the Klang branch does not favour PKR, more might quit the party.