JOHOR BARU: MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said he was still undecided on where he would contest in the next general election.
When asked to comment on claims that he would stand in Cameron Highlands, he joked that he might choose to contest simultaneously in Cameron Highlands, Sungai Siput and Teluk Kemang.
“I cannot confirm anything before Parliament is dissolved and if I do confirm the candidates, it will only be to the advantage of the Opposition to be more prepared,” he said during the groundbreaking ceremony for SRJK (T) Ladang Mount Austin in Taman Desa Tebrau here on Sunday.
Palanivel said the MIC did not have any problems relating to seats or candidates except for two state seats in Perak.
“There has been much debate about these seats but we will continue to discuss whether to retain them or swap them within Perak or in another state.
“One thing we will not do is give up any of the nine parliament and 19 state MIC seats,” he said, adding that if party did that, the Oppostion would have a field day exploiting the issue.
“They will then say that the Barisan leadership is sidelining MIC and the Indian community which is not true.
“If we want every Indian voter to return to BN, all party leaders need to accept our requests,” he said.
The Star reported on Sunday that the list of MIC candidates had been submitted to the Barisan leadership and that Palanivel, who lost narrowly in Hulu Selangor in the 2008 general election, was likely to contest in Cameron Highlands in place of the incumbent MP, Datuk S.K. Devamany, who was expected to be moved to Teluk Kemang.
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