JOHOR BAHRU: 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.
Vidyanathan, who is also Kahang assemblyman, said MIC had already started preparations.
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.
Monday, 07 Oct 2019
By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH