INCUMBENT Hulu Selangor MP Datuk P. Kamalanathan from MIC is doing his best to defend the parliamentary seat if given the blessing to contest in the GE14.
Although he has been given the go ahead to continue to work at the constituency by the party leadership, the Deputy Education Minister said, the final decision on his candidacy would be made by MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam
"I am hopeful to get another chance to contest but leave the final decision with the party leadership," he told StarMetro
Kamalanathan first won the seat in a by-election in 2010 when he defeated Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who was then in PKR, with a majority of 1,725 votes.
In GE13, he defended the seat and defeated his nearest rival, Khalid Jaafar from PKR with a 3,414-vote majority.
Kamalanathan was optimistic to win the seat in the coming elections regardless of who his potential contenders are.
He said there had been talk that my opponents planned to field high-profile candidates in Hulu Selangor.
“I am prepared to face any of those candidates as I believe the voters are smart enough to make their choice.
“We have a good track record for being able to deliver the goods and I believe the voters will give me another chance to serve the constituency,” said the former public relations officer.
He added that he had served the voters well ever since he was elected MP in the by-election and had established good rapport with the Hulu Selangor constituents.
Kamalanathan said his service centre that was opened in 2010, was used as a platform to reach out to people and for the voters to air their grievances that would be channelled to the relevant authorities.
“A lot of work is being done to ensure the voters and the people of Hulu Selangor continue to enjoy the fruits of development provided by the Barisan Nasional government.
“We are also working towards improving the economy of the people here and to resolve various social issues,” he added.
Kamalanathan said the service centre also provided free rice and groceries to the poor on a weekly basis.
His office, he said, never failed to attend to various issues relating to flash floods among other natural disasters affecting the people.
“Issues related to education including Tamil school and crematorium have been also resolved during my tenure,” he said.
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