Saturday, April 03, 2010


The Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election is about to kick-off with nominations on April 17, and with polling day fixed on April 25. We could expect an intense campaign from all parties involved during the campaign period of the by-elections.

But the residents of Hulu Selangor could see 'immediate goodies' been given to 'buy' their votes by the ruling BN government and projects that should have been undertaken will be at their doorsteps and completed before polling day to lure them to vote for them.

There are various speculations as who will represent their respective Parties. There are also rumours that UMNO will place a 'third force' just to fulfill the aspirations of the Malay voters who form the majority, although this has never been the BN practice so far.

Looking at the situation, the Opposition has no 'difficulties' in placing the 'rightful' candidate since they have a long list of qualified candidates but they need to chose the best suitable candidate to give them triumph in the by-election while their track record by their previous MP, who had passed away recently, has been somewhat satisfactory.

The problem lies with the Barisan Nasional (BN). This seat had been predominately a MIC seat and since only 19% are Indians in the constituency and not everyone is a MIC member or BN component party member, UMNO which has a huge membership want to contest by placing its suitable local candidate. The problem lies with the BN 'status quo' arrangement. Further more, UMNO's proposed suitable candidate does not come 'clean' since there is a lot of controversy behind him which the Opposition will take good opportunity of.

MIC on the other hand, which had faced a very disastrous defeat in the last March 8, 2008 general elections, is compel to place its deputy president, Datuk G Palanivel, although BN investigations reveal that he would not be the 'rightful suitable candidate' for this elections since he had served four terms and his record is somewhat 'unsatisfactory'.

MIC may have some suitable young candidates but need to be slashed since protocol need to be observed. Even in the MIC elections, Datuk Palanivel was favored since he was supported by the MIC President Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu,and if not, he would not stand a chance, according to reliable MIC sources.

Then why propose a 'incompetent unsuitable' candidate?

Isn't BN's aim to secure a victory at this by-election?

But one thing is for sure, If BN's choice is Datuk G Palanivel, BN is going to lose this coming by-election.

We need to wait and see the announcement by the BN Chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, as to who is the BN candidate selected by him.

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