Speculation is rife that MIC deputy president Datuk G Palanivel may not be fielded as the BN candidate for the upcoming Hulu Selangor.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had proposed that MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel be fielded as the BN candidate for the seat.Palanivel was the MP for Hulu Selangor for four terms since 1990 before he lost the seat in the general election in 2008.
There were earlier media reports that MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had proposed Palanivel be fielded an that was the sole candidate proposed.
Palanivel was the MP for Hulu Selangor for four terms since 1990 before he lost the seat in the general election in 2008. He is now the number 2 in the MIC and the likely successor to Samy Vellu.
Hence if Palanivel cannot be chosen to contest the Hulu Selangor seat, both Samy Vellu and Palanivel should do the honour thing and quit their positions.
How could they continue to cling on to their positions if both are considered political liabilities by the BN itself?
At last year's MIC Congress, the Prime Minister had commented that a leader must not only be popular within the party but must be so among the people.
Samy obviously knew he was the target of the message and had immediately responded to Najib's comments..He retorted that in the 2008 general election , the Indian community was fed up with Barisan Nasional (BN ), and not him.
last year, the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir had also said that he was worried that the people’s support for the BN would erode and the coalition would be the victim because Samy Vellu was still leading the MIC.
No president of a BN component party was ever dealt such open and political humiliation.
It will be a further insult to Samy and MIC if the number 2 man in MIC proposed by him is also considered a political liability and therefore unsuitable to be fielded as BN candidate in a seat where he has served as the elected representative for 18 years.
So Samy and Palanivel must be prepared to quit their positions if they don't want themselves and their party to suffer any further political humiliation. .