SEREMBAN: Datuk S. Kumar has decided against contesting as an independent in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election.
The former MIC secretary-general said he initially decided to throw in his hat in protest against the party’s decision to stay out and allow Umno to contest the seat.
Port Dickson had traditionally been contested by the MIC when the seat was formerly called Teluk Kemang.
“However, the situation has now changed with Umno not fielding a candidate,” Kumar said in a statement yesterday.
He was one of two individuals who offered to stand as independents. The other is Stevie Chan Keng Leong.
With Umno opting out, PAS is expected to make an announcement, latest by tomorrow.
Kumar appealed to PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who will contest the by-election, to help the vast Indian community in the constituency.
“And I am prepared to offer him my assistance,” he added.