MIC Sec-Gen S.Murugesan working hard in Sungai Siput for the past six months
KUALA LUMPUR – Contrary to a media report, a MIC official said the party’s secretary-general S Murugesan will not be fielded in the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat in Negeri Sembilan in the next general election.
Murugesan, who lost in his previous bid to capture the Subang parliamentary seat, would be leading MIC’s charge in Sungai Siput, Perak, the seat of former party president S Samy Vellu.
Murugesan still acting as the Barisan Nasional coordinator in the Subang constituency, the lawyer was also working hard in Sungai Siput for the past six months.
“For example, on Monday, he met the staff of nearly 13 government departments in Sungai Siput to hand over Hari Raya hampers,” he added.
Commenting on his chances, the insider said Murugesan’s odds of winning the seat against incumbent Dr Michael Jayakumar of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) was 50-50.
“With a fresh candidate like Murugesan who is known as a ‘clean man’ among MIC members, [MIC] has a better chance to recapture the seat for BN,” he added.
He also noted that despite Jayakumar’s dedication in wanting to serve his constituents, the PSM leader lacked the funds to address their woes.
Meanwhile, MIC vice-president SK Devamany might contest in Teluk Kemang since party president G Palanivel appeared keen on standing in the former’s current seat of Cameron Highlands, which was considered a safe seat.
“Palanivel assigned a special task to Devamany to cover certain MIC constituencies in Negeri Sembilan and this led to the speculation that Devamany will be moved to Teluk Kemang,” said the insider.
However, he stressed that the final decision would be made by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in his capacity as BN chairman.
-FMT – B Nantha Kumar