MIC to wait and see on seat allocations


  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Promising sign: Saravanan (left), former MIC president Tun S. Samy Vellu and current president Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran looking at a sign at the entrance of Wisma Tun S. Samy Vellu in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC is not overly-ambitious on fielding its candidates in the 15th General Election (GE15), says deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said.

Instead, the oldest and largest Indian-based political party would evaluate and look at the current situation before making any decision on the matter, he said.

Saravanan, who is Human Resources Minister, said MIC hoped to contest in the Padang Serai (Kedah) and Teluk Intan (Perak) parliamentary seats, if given the opportunity to do so by the Barisan Nasional leadership.

In GE14, MIC won one out of the nine parliamentary seats and three out of the 18 state seats it contested.

“Now, (with) Muafakat Nasional and Bersatu, we may have to share (seats) with the other parties. So, we can’t be over-ambitious, we will wait and see.

“If there is no new consensus, maybe we will ask for more seats as there are vacant seats from Gerakan, ” he told reporters at the opening ceremony of Wisma Tun S. Samy Vellu here yesterday.

On June 23,2018, Gerakan decided to leave Barisan so as to consolidate the party and its members, following the party’s dismal performance in GE14.

As such, Saravanan, who is also Tapah MP, reiterated that MIC would continue to contest in its nine traditional seats and 18 state seats in the next general election. — Bernama

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