KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — MIC today announced its GE14 candidate list, and it has been confirmed that youth chief C. Sivarraajh is Barisan Nasional’s pick for the Cameron Highlands seat.
This means BN component party The People’s Progressive Party (MyPPP) will not get their wish to contest the federal seat.
MyPPP is staking a claim on the seat held by fallen giant Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, the former MIC president who fell out of favour with BN, and insists the seat will be lost unless it is allowed to contest there.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam will defend his incumbent Segamat seat.
Federal Territories MIC chairman M. Saravanan and incumbent Hulu Selangor MP Datuk P. Kamalanathan are set to defend their Tapah and Hulu Selangor seats respectively.
For other federal seats, they are joined by MIC deputy president SK Devamany (Sungai Siput), Wanita MIC chief Datuk Mohana Muniandy (Kapar), A. Pakas Rao (Sungai Buloh), Sepang MIC chief VV Gunalan (Sungai Buloh) and V. Mogan (Port Dickson).
The party is also set to contest 16 state seats including the nine Parliamentary seats announced.
For state seats, Johor MIC chairman Datuk MM Asojan will face Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president and Johor Pakatan Harapan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the Gambir state seat in Johor.
He is joined by KSM Thuraisingam (Lunas), MIC vice president Datuk Jaspal Singh (Bukit Selambau), J. Dhinagaran (Bagan Dalam), MIC Permatang Pauh division chairman M. Suresh (Perai), Perak MIC chairman Datuk V. Elango (Sungkai), K. Thankaraj (Jelapang), Datuk L. Manikam (Jeram Padang), R. Thinalan (Sri Tanjung) and Datuk P. Panirchelvam (Gadek).
Also contesting are Pahang MIC chairman Datuk R. Goonasakaren (Sabai), Johor MIC secretary K. Ravenkumar (Tenggaroh), Datuk R. Vidyananthan (Kahang), Johor MIC deputy chairman Datuk GSS Kanan (Skudai), K. Parthiban (Ijok), Datuk N. Rawisandran (Sungai Tua) and Datuk Subramaniam T. Retnam (Sentosa).
Dr Subramaniam said the candidates were selected based on several factors and he hoped the voters would give these selected candidates their support for the sake of the country’s development.
An official press conference to announce the candidates would be held at the MIC National Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this Tuesday.