KOTA TINGGI: At least 60% of MIC candidates for GE14 will be made up of new faces, says party president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
He said the party would be contesting in nine parliamentary seats and 19 state seats.
He advised the Indian community not to be hoodwinked by the Opposition’s empty promises.
The Indians, he added, would not be able to get a better deal with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leading the charge for the Opposition, especially in Johor.
“Parties like PKR and DAP do not have a clear agenda for Indians. But Barisan Nasional has laid out real programmes and blueprints for the community,” he said after attending prayers at an Indian temple here yesterday.
Dr Subramaniam said he would be defending his Segamat parliamentary seat in the coming elections.
He is expected to be challenged by PKR’s Datuk Seri Edmond Santhara.
Other than the Segamat parliamentary seat, Johor MIC has three state seats – Gambir, Tenggaroh and Kahang.
It lost the Puteri Wangsa state seat in GE13.
Dr Subramaniam said MIC was willing to give up the Puteri Wangsa seat if it gets another seat elsewhere.
Pakatan Harapan is expected to field Indian candidates in the Labis and Segamat parliamentary seats, including in a number of state seats.
It is learnt that Pakatan has finally reached a consensus on state seats and will announce the seats it will be contesting.
According to the list, Pribumi will be contesting in 18 seats, DAP 14 seats, while PKR and Amanah will contest 12 seats each.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin is expected to defend his Permas state seat against a candidate from Pribumi.
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