Sunday February 10, 2013
MIC submits names of candidates to Prime Minister
BY A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has submitted names for its nine Parliamentary and 19 state seats to Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
According to a party official, representatives from the Wanita and youth wings were not included in the nominees for Parliamentary seats.
He said MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, who gave the list to the Prime Minister recently, had been earmarked to contest in Cameron Highlands and was believed to have received Najib's endorsement.
He said the party president had been visiting the constituency twice weekly and holding meetings with the people over the past few months.
Incumbent Cameron Highlands MP Datuk S K Devamany, who is tipped to contest the Sungai Siput seat, would be assisted by former president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who has been appointed Barisan's coordinator for the constituency.
Samy Vellu, who was Sungai Siput MP since 1974 before losing to Dr Michael Jeyakumar in the 2008 election, is regarded as having strong influence in the constituency.
MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Murugessan, who lost in Subang in 2008, is slotted to stand in Teluk Kemang.
However, a group within the party has started a campaign to re-nominate former MP Datuk S. Sothinathan.
Sothinathan, who was then one of MIC vice-presidents, lost to Kamarul Baharin by 2,804 votes in the 2008 general election.
He had won the seat in a by-election in June 2000 and retained it in 2004.
Sothinathan had served in two ministries as Health Ministry's parliamentary secretary (2000-2004) and Natural Resources and Environment deputy minister (2004-2008).
He later mounted a challenge for the deputy president's post in 2009, against Palanivel and former deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam in a three-cornered fight, which he lost.
Former MIC Youth chief S.A. Vigneswaran has been named to re-contest the Kota Raja Parliamentary seat but he is said to be reluctant to contest.
MIC's social and welfare bureau head Mohana Muniandy has been openly lobbying for the seat despite being publicly ticked off by Palanivel.
The party official said the Prime Minister would have the final say on the selection of the candi- dates.
“There might be changes in the list as it would depend on the ground report,” he said.
The party official said representatives from the women's and youth wings were expected to be named for state seats.
He said MIC Youth chief T. Mohan is expected to contest in Sri Andalas, Selangor, while youth secretary C. Sivarraajh has been slotted for Buntong, Perak.
New faces are expected to be fielded in two out of the four state seats in Johor while incumbents Datuk R. Perumal (Asahan) in Malacca and Datuk V.S. Mogan (Jeram Padang) in Negri Sembilan are set to be retained.