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MIC's charge for the 12th General Election
Asked why Veerasingam was moved to a state seat, Samy Vellu said it was done so that the party vice-president can take care of Perak, following the departure of its long-serving state chief Datuk G. Rajoo. On Nijhar being dropped and his reaction, Samy Vellu replied: "I don’t know, I haven’t seen him. " He said Nijhar had served a two-term senatorship before he was brought into the party to serve the people.
Asked if the Indian community would continue to support MIC, he said he was confident they would because they realised that they needed a representation in the government. “All those who instigated them to ask all sorts of questions are those who cannot represent them in the government. If they feel they don’t want a representation, God also cannot help.”
On the effects of the recent Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) rallies, the veteran politician said: “Hindraf is because of me, everything they do is because of me. Only because of me everything has happened in this country. You can write it in your paper ... you write it, people will laugh at you lah. Those fellows are just madly going doing things. We are fighting. They are members of the Opposition. There will be a ‘pooja’ every evening somewhere, DAP will be doing a pooja under the guise ...”
He said they knew how to talk to Indian voters who now realised they had been misled with promises like getting RM1 million. “Many people thought if they keep supporting them (Hindraf) they might get RM1 million. The RM1 million made a big swing. I also can say if you support me I can give you RM2 million, but that’s not what we want to do. In any case, the BN government has promised many things, it will be done, it is being done.” Asked how sure he was that the MIC could get Indian votes, he said: “Maybe the Indian voters feel, ‘this fellow is getting lost’, so we must ... I think the Indians may not like me now. That is why I thought if I go maybe they give better support to BN, I take it that way. I know the Indians don’t like me now ... so let us see.”
The party's list of candidates and other highlights:
> Sweeping changes at state level - 13 out of 19 assemblymen replaced with newbies
> Maintained: President Samy Vellu to defend Sungai Siput
> Dropped: Subang MP and vice-president Tan Sri Dr K.S. Nijhar
> Demoted: Tapah MP and vice-president Datuk S. Veerasingam to his previous Sungkai state seat in Perak.
> Swap: MIC swaps Ijok state seat in Selangor with Umno's Bukit Melawati
Sungai Siput: Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu*
Tapah: M. Saravanan
Hulu Selangor: Datuk G. Palanivel*
Kapar: Komala Krisnamoorthy*
Subang: S. Murugesan
Teluk Kemang: Datuk S. Sothinathan*
Segamat: Datuk Dr K.V.S. Subramaniam*
Bagan Dalam: P.K Subbaiyah*
Perai: L. Krishnan
Bukit Selambau: S. Krishnasamy
Lunas: S. Ananthan
Sabai: M. Devandran*
Jeram Padang: V. Mogan
Port Dickson: Datuk T. Rajagopalu*
Asahan: R. Perumal
Hutan Melintang: S.Thangeswari
Behrang: M. Ramasamy
Pasir Panjang: Dr P.S. Vasan
Sungkai: Datuk S. Veerasingam
Bukit Malawati: K. Partiban
Sri Andalas: Kamala Ganapathy*
Kahang: R. Vidyanathan
Tenggaroh: M. Sooriya Narayanan
Gambir: S. Asohan
Permas: M. Munusamy
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Veerasingham, Nijhar Dropped As MIC Retains Seven MPs
His Tapah seat goes to MIC information chief Datuk M. Saravanan (ABOVE) . Samy Vellu, who will defend his Sungai Siput parliamentary seat for the ninth term in the March 8 general election, also said MIC would swap the Ijok state seat in Selangor with Bukit Melawati with Umno. Other MPs retained are deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel (Hulu Selangor), vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan (Teluk Kemang), secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam (Segamat), Wanita MIC chief Datin Paduka Komala Krishnamoorthy (Kapar) and MIC Youth chief
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Samy has almost tried all his tricks in his books and finally came to face the reality that he has refused to accept. The Indians community has rejected him since
He made use of the MIC youths, the MIC chairman 1-day meeting and an "evening with PM Abdullah" and all these failed to rescue him from the dwindling support he is now facing. Everywhere Samy goes; he is now confronted with mini demos and has finally accepted his days are indeed numbered. But he would like to go for the last round and taste defeat.
Meanwhile, Prima is now trying the last attempt to save him some face and put the blame squarely on the underperforming elected representatives. But who would believe them again?= == = == == =
I'm Prepared To Go If The Indian Community Decides They Don't Want Me, Says Samy Vellu
The Johor-born first contested the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in the fourth general election in 1974 and has held the seat since then. On his post as MIC president post, Samy Vellu said that he could not just leave the party but would give up the post at the appropriate time. Samy Vellu, who has been the party president since
To a question, Samy Vellu dismissed rumours that there is friction between him and his deputy, Datuk G.Palanivel, saying that he would not allow anyone to divide the party by spreading such hearsay. “If you want to destroy a party, you must divide the leadership in the party. There are a lot of people trying to do that. But we will not allow that to happen. I will hand over the party to the man next to me and go (when the times come)” he said. On the MIC's candidates list for the general election, he said it was finalised days ago but he did not discount last-minute changes.
“I'm ready to see the Prime minister (to submit the list), if he wants to see us today,” he said. Asked about the necessity to make last-minute changes, he said he wanted to pick the best candidates for the election.
“It is like in a race. You first bet on a horse. If that horse does not make it and you find the other horse is better, you quickly change to other horse.
"It is not a question of betting on the other horse but the question of getting the best horse,” he said. Samy Vellu said he was very unhappy with the services rendered by some of the MIC elected representatives "and so I've decided to make a very big change".
"I'm putting in a lot of new faces…putting in a lot of professionals and putting in some members who are not highly qualified but politically active and who know how to do political work. "So these are the criteria I use,” he said.
Asked whether the current MIC MPs and state assemblymen who had served one term would be given another chance, he said it would depend on whether they had fared well.
“Politics is a performance. You must be seen doing things. You can be a very good man. You just get the seat, win the seat and after that don’t act (work) at all. (Then) it can be (just) one term,” he said.
Samy Vellu also reminded MIC divisional leaders that seats were allocated for the party and not for the divisions. He said there had been cases of divisional chairmen claiming seats for themselves because the seats were in their divisions. “I said if you take that (argument, then) I can’t contest in Sungai Siput next time. The president of the party has no place to go (to contest) because I am at the headquarters,” said Samy Vellu who does not hold any post at divisional level.
He said he would still give a chance to those who had served more than two terms, provided that they had performed well. Asked on the incident in Butterworth last Saturday in which his car was obstructed by a group of people from leaving the compound of a school where he had earlier attended a function, Samy Vellu said the group was asking him to help them secure the release of those arrested at an illegal rally in Kuala Lumpur the same day. “There is no indication that they hate me. They came to my car to ask me to tell the Prime Minister to release them (those arrested). That’s all they asked. They didn’t say anything about politics,” he said.
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We're Merely Rejecting Inefficient MIC Reps, Not Samy Vellu, Says Prima
He also welcomed Samy Vellu's decision to infuse 80 per cent new blood for the party's 19 state and 30 per cent newcomers for the nine parliamentary seats. The MIC made a clean sweep of all the nine parliamentary and 19 state seats in the 2004 general election. It was reported that three incumbent members of parliament and nine state assemblymen would not be renominated to contest in this election. A total of 155 Indian-based organisations, with a membership of more than 500,000, are affiliated to Prima. Among them are Malaysian Indian Youth Council, Malaysian Indian Development Association, Malaysian Telugu Youth Association and Malaysian Tamil-Christian Rights' Association and Indian Women Association
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