MIC confident of Indian support due to Najib’s popularity

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider


KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party was confident that it has regained the support of the Indian community due to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s popularity.

Samy Vellu lost his parliamentary seat in Election 2008 but said MIC has been able to maintain good relationship with Indian voters outside the party despite its disastrous electoral outing.

“I love to hear such a news, but we have to be very careful, with surveys because only a few hundreds were interviewed,” said Samy Vellu when asked about Datuk Seri Rais Yatim’s remarks yesterday that Najib was more popular among the Indian community compared to the Malays.

“And Datuk Seri Najib has opened up his heart to the people, making him more popular,” said Samy Vellu.

On the party’s popularity among the Indians, Samy Vellu said MIC has yet to conduct any survey but was confident with the support from the community.

“We do not conduct any survey, because we need a lot of money for that,” said Samy Vellu.

“But out of 840,000 Indian voters, 500,000 of them are in MIC and this block of voters would continue to support BN,” he added.

“And we have a very good ties with the remaining 300,000 voters outside MIC,” he said.