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by teh eng hock
KLANG: Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan (pix) will be challenged by his former aide in the general election.
Pensioner L.P. Selvam, 60, a volunteer at Manoharan's service centre in 2011 and 2012, wants to contest under the Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Raykat banner or as an independent in Kota Shah Alam.
"If any party, including Barisan Nasional, offers me, I will stand. If not, I will stand as an Independent," he told The Star.
Selvam, who is president of Justice and Welfare Aid Society Selangor (Jawass), a non-governmental organisation that is active in Klang, said his only interest was to serve the people.
"I have nothing against Manoharan. I want to work for the community, and the people want me there as I am a local who has been staying here for 55 years," he said.
Selvam, a DAP member, said he would resign from the party after the dissolution of Parliament.
When contacted, Manoharan said Selvam stopped helping him in May last year.
"No reason was given. We did not have a fight. I started distancing myself from him when I heard that he wanted to contest as an Independent," he said.
Manoharan will not be the only assemblyman to be challenged by their former aides.
Pandamaran assemblyman Ronnie Liu can expect a fight from his former special officer Tee Boon Hock.
Tee was sacked from DAP in July 2010 after the party's disciplinary committee found him guilty of misusing Liu's letterhead to secure contracts. Liu has maintained his innocence.
Meanwhile, dentist Dr V. Nedunchelian, who last year said he would contest in Kapar as an Independent candidate, has joined PKR.
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