BN Candidate Most Probably From MIC – Muhyiddin
April 03, 2010 15:52 PM
MACHANG, April 3 (Bernama) — Barisan Nasional (BN) will “most probably” field a candidate from MIC for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
Muhyiddin, who is the BN deputy chairman, said the coalition had its own formula to determine the candidate.
What was important was consensus among BN component parties, he added.
“Most probably it will be given to MIC taking into consideration that it is an MIC seat. But the decision is with BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” he told reporters after opening the Juara Rakyat programme and handing over of the inaugural compassionate payment here.
He was asked to comment on the proposal by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu that MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel be fielded to represent the BN in the by-election on April 25.
Palanivel was the four-term member of parliament for the area from 1990 until his defeat in the 12th general election in 2008.
The by-election is called following the death of incumbent member of parliament Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
The nomination is on April 17.
Muhyiddin said the BN would take into consideration the people’s sentiment in determining the candidate.
He said overlapping of requests was normal in an election but in principle, the area was an MIC seat.
The important thing, he said, was campaign strategy to win the support of the people.
He said the BN was familiar with the opposition’s campaign tactics and was better prepared to face the by-election.
“We have the strategy, that’s important. Each vote is important for us,” he said.