GE13: ‘Indians may be deciding factor’


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Apr 2013

PETALING JAYA: Indians may be the deciding factor in some 50 parliamentary constituencies in this general election, said MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Murugessan.

“When we look at where the votes are evenly divided, a 10% or 5% vote will become crucial.

“That is what is happening right now,” he said in an interview with SwitchUp.tv's GE13: The Showdown programme, hosted by Anne Edwards.

Murugessan was emphasising his point that Indian votes were crucial although they formed only 8% of the total population,

On the “hot areas” for the impending elections, Murugessan listed out Selangor, Perak and Kedah.

As for MIC's list of candidates, Murugessan remained tight-lipped.

However, he hinted that there might be some unexpected candidates as the decision would be made on what was best for the party and Barisan.

“The Prime Minister and the MIC president are putting the party and Barisan before individuals; and they will look at who is the best individual to contest in a particular seat.

“Therefore, some might not get a seat and some unexpected candidates might come up,” he said on whether candidates got to choose their seats.

On where he would be contesting, Murugessan urged the people to stop speculating.

“Wherever I am asked to go, I will go. But even if I am not asked to contest, I will accept that.”

Speculation has been rife that Murugessan will be fielded in Teluk Kemang or Kapar with some even linking his name to the Sungai Siput seat.

To a question, Murugessan said Indian votes were returning to Barisan Nasional due to the pull and push factor but acknowledged that it was not like the 2004 scenario.

“The push factor is because they are disillusioned with Pakatan Rakyat as promises made were not kept.

“The pull factor is the Prime Minister and policies. He has done a lot for the Indian community and has implemented many programmes and initiatives that benefit the Indian community including the RM100mil allocation for Tamil schools and the RM180mil for young Indian entrepreneurs,” he added.

■ For more election stories, please visit The Star's GE13 site

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