KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Sept 2009: The MIC will work on bringing back 2,000 Indian Malaysian registered voters who reside or work outside Bagan Pinang for the 11 Oct by-election of the state seat.
MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu Samy said he led a team to Bagan Pinang yesterday, a day after the Election Commission announced the by-election date, on a fact-finding mission.
“Our main task will be to bring in the 2,000 Indian [Malaysian] voters on polling day,” he said when contacted today.
He spent half a day visiting four areas in Ladang Seliau, Ladang Arthurthen, Ladang Sua Betong and Ladang Bradwall, which have 1,890 of the 2,600 registered Indian Malaysian voters, who form 20% of the electorate.
He was accompanied by the party’s newly elected vice president Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, who is human resources minister, and Negeri Sembilan MIC chief Datuk T Rajagopalu.
Samy Vellu said based on the party’s survey, up to 2,000 Indian Malaysian voters were no longer staying in the constituency but were residing in nearby areas, with 40% living and working in Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.
The MIC would start mobilising its election machinery to be headed by deputy president Datuk G Palanivel.
Samy Vellu said Subramaniam and the other two vice-presidents, Datuk SK Devamany and Datuk M Saravanan, would each head a team for the polls.
“They will mobilise hundreds of party Youth and Wanita members to assist families [of voters] by staying with them. I will oversee the running of the entire team to ensure a victory for the Barisan Nasional,” he added.
He said the MIC would adopt a different strategy to woo the Indian Malaysian voters in the by-election, and identify “hotspots” based on the last general election. — Bernama