Friday, April 09, 2010
MIC sure of getting 70pc of Indian votes
Hulu Selangor MIC today expressed confidence that about 70 per cent of the 12,453 Indian voters in the parliamentary constituency would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election on April 25.
Information chief Raily Muniandy said the MIC division would be able to achieve the target to make up for the dismal performance of the BN component party in the general election in 2008.
“In the last general election, we only had 30 per cent support. This time (in the by-election), we are confident of the support of 70 per cent of the Indian voters to ensure a BN victory,” he said when met here.
The Hulu Selangor seat was represented by MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel since 1990. He lost to Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) by 198 votes in the general election in 2008.
The by-election is being held following the death of Zainal Abidin on March 25.
Raily Muniandy said the BN stood a good chance of recapturing the seat, based on the sentiments of the constituents, particularly the Indians, who had previously shied away from the MIC.
The BN has announced that it would nominate a candidate from the MIC to contest the seat.
The candidate is expected to be identified on April 15, two days before nomination for the by-election. — Bernama