PUTRAJAYA, April 17 — Conflict is brewing within Barisan Nasional (BN) over the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat, with MIC and MyPPP both indicating interest.
The seat is currently held by former MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, who fell out of favour with BN and is not likely to be fielded again.
This has drawn other BN component parties such as MyPPP to target the seat, with Tan Sri M. Kayveas saying both his party and MIC were going after the spot.
When asked to confirm this today, MIC president Dr S. Subramaniam pointedly told reporters to take the MyPPP president’s remark at face value.
“Please quote Kayveas on that,” he said sarcastically.
MyPPP, formerly the Progressive People’s Party, positions itself as a multiracial outfit but its composition is primarily ethnic Indian, causing overlaps with MIC.
Dr Subramaniam said later MIC had finalised and submitted its candidate short list to the BN leadership for its endorsement.
He said Datuk Seri Najib Razak will make the final decision on the list, including the Cameron Highlands seat.
“We leave it up to the BN chairman to decide when can we announce our candidates,” Dr Subramaniam said.
BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor previously offered Segambut, a DAP stronghold, to Kayveas, who declined by saying his party has been working hard in Cameron Highlands.
MIC Youth Chief Sivaarraj Chandran is believed to be the party’s pick for the seat, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Palanivel won the seat in 2013 with a majority of just 462 votes.