MIC to go all out for Barisan

  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Oct 2019

JOHOR BARU: MIC will go all out to campaign for Barisan Nasional in the coming Tanjung Piai by-election, says R. Vidyanathan.

The Johor MIC chief said that during the 14th General Election, Barisan received overwhelming support from more than 500 registered Indian voters there.

“There is not a big difference in the numbers of Malay and Chinese voters in Tanjung Piai, so Indian voters might be the kingmakers and decide the outcome, ” he said.

Well done: Abdul Hamid congratulating police officers during the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara ceremony at the Johor police headquarters.  Vidyanathan sees good results for Barisan at the polls. — Bernama

Vidyanathan, who is also Kahang assemblyman, said MIC had already started preparations.

“Every vote counts and MIC will work hard to make sure the Indian voters in Tanjung Piai continue to support the Barisan candidate, ” he said.

He also said the Umno-PAS pact would not be a hindrance to getting support from non-Muslim voters for Barisan.

Vidyanathan said state MIC leaders met with their state PAS counterparts recently, describing the meeting as “fruitful”.

“I believe this is a non-issue because the present government has failed to address many issues in the country and this will translate to votes for Barisan, ” he said.

Tanjung Piai is a mixed parliamentary constituency with 52,986 registered voters, comprising 57% Malays, 42% Chinese and 1% Indians.

The seat fell vacant after the death of its MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik on Sept 21.

Dr Md Farid, 42, who was also Tanjung Piai Bersatu vice-chief, won the seat in GE14 after defeating MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng and PAS’ Nordin Othman by 524 votes.

The Election Commission announced that nomination is on Nov 2 and polling on Nov 16.

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