IF MIC is sure of big win, why is Palanivel rushing for Camerons SAFE SEAT
KUALA LUMPUR, -- It is not wrong for MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel to contest in a safeseat in the coming 13th General Election, says former party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
He said it was understood that Palanivel would opt to contest in Cameron Highlands, a traditional safe seat for Barisan Nasional.
"It is not wrong...because when I lost in 2008, I lost direction for a
few months. As a (party) president, Palanivel has the right to choose a
"I think the preparation (being paved) for Palanivel to contest in
Cameron Highlands is being done extensively. I am also sure that he will
contest there," Samy Vellu told reporters after the MIC's 66th Annual
Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.
The Cameron Highlands seat is currently held by MIC, via its vice-president, Datuk S. K. Devamany.
Asked if Devamany, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister's
Department, would contest in Sungai Siput, Samy Vellu said:
"That is for Palanivel, as party president, to decide. A good politician should not comment after he (Samy Vellu) leaves."
On the 13th General Election, the former MIC chief said the party had to be well-prepared to face ongoing, as well as upcoming social issues.
He was confident that MIC would secure all parliamentary seats in the
coming election, with three seats namely, Subang, Kota Raja and Kapar,
believed to pose a 'tough fight' for the party's candidates.
"The opposition is clamouring to capture the Segamat parliamentary seat. But I believe, with the noble state leadership, they (Pakatan Rakyat) can never invade Johor," noted Samy Vellu.
The one-day MIC General Assembly, which was attended by over 1,500
delegates and 2,000 observers, was earlier opened by Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.