Malaysian Indian Congress hoping to recapture parliament seat

Saturday, April 10, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR - Backed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) is hoping to recapture a parliament seat it lost two years ago in Selangor to assert its political importance in a multi-ethnic nation.

Najib, who is chief of the ruling alliance Barisan Nasional (BN), has nominated its ally MIC for the seat but is yet to clear the candidate for the April 27 poll for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat.

MIC chief S. Samy Vellu wants party vice president G. Palanivel as the candidate. Palanivel, who held the seat since 1991, lost it by 198 votes in 2008. Vellu is moving from one house estate to another to woo ethnic Indians, who form 19.5 percent of the 65,000 plus electorate of the constituency in Selangor state, The Daily Star reported Sunday.

The MIC leaders, branch chairmen and members of the women\’s front have been camping in various Indian areas to find out the problems as well as the issues affecting the community. Indians, estimated at nearly two million, are about seven percent of Malaysia\’s population of 28 million.

The by-election is being held following the death of opposition member Zainal Abidin Ahmad March

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