MIC president remains tight-lipped on seat

G. Palanivel

(NST) – MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel remains tight-lipped on the seat that he is going to contest in the coming general election but said that it will be a “suitable seat”.

“Some people asked me to contest in Kapar, some said I should contest in Teluk Kemang and some also said in Cameron Highlands, probably I will contest in all those places,” he said in jest when answering a question from a reporter whether he will contest in Cameron Highlands in the coming general election.
Palanivel, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was met at a press conference to announce the National-level Ponggal celebration which will be held in Kapar on Feb 26. 
A news portal, quoting a source, had speculated that Palanivel would contest in Cameron Highlands after he was reported to have met some Barisan Nasional (BN) local component leaders in the constituency the past few weeks.
The seat is currently held by MIC vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Asked if MIC had prepared its candidates list for the election, Palanivel said it was not appropriate to reveal the list to the public at this juncture.
“This is something between MIC and Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Umno and MCA have not announced their
candidates list yet. So why should we?” asked Palanivel.  
However, he said that the party leadership had a “rough idea” on its candidates but would only make a final decision once Parliament was dissolved.
On the Ponggal celebration, he said Najib was scheduled to attend it. – Bernama