Saturday, April 03, 2010
Samy Vellu leaves it to Najib to decide on candidate
MIC president S Samy Vellu is leaving it to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to decide on the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election.
He said that in every by-election there was bound to be overlapping in requests for candidacy.
"It's for the prime minister to decide. As for the MIC, we are fully prepared to face the by-election on April 25," he said after attending a seminar organised by the state MIC at Ipoh, Perak today.
He said that from feedback received so far, it was clear that the BN had a bright chance to win back the seat.
"The signs from the voters are good indeed. Our election machinery has been going round to villages and Felda settlements. The voters are returning to the BN," he said.
The Indian community in the area also supported the BN, he said.
Samy Vellu has previously proposed that MIC deputy president G Palanivel be fielded as the BN candidate in the by-election.
Palanivel was the four-term MP in the area until his defeat in the 12th general election in 2008.
Several Umno leaders have requested that someone from Umno be chosen as the candidate and among the names being bandied about was that of the former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhamad Taib.
The seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent MP Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR on March 25.
The nomination day is on April 17.