MyPPP to ‘wait and see’ over seat al­lo­ca­tion


KUALA LUMPUR: MyPPP yes­ter­day said it would con­sider whether to re­main in Barisan Na­sional (BN) af­ter meet­ing its chair­man Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak to dis­cuss the al­lo­ca­tion of its par­lia­men­tary seat.

MyPPP pres­i­dent Tan Sri M. Kayveas (pix) said the party wanted to see what was of­fered to it and how it could move for­ward with BN if the con­stituency given to it was not what it had been work­ing on all this while.

He said the party would meet Na­jib be­fore the al­lo­ca­tion of seats to BN com­po­nent par­ties was fi­nalised.

“For now, the supreme coun­cil has de­cided to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion (to stay with BN) af­ter the meet­ing,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

Kayveas said MyPPP should be given the Cameron High­lands par­lia­men­tary seat as it had put in plenty of work there and had worked hard to win over the vot­ers.

He said pre­vi­ously, BN won the seat with a slim ma­jor­ity of 462 but to­day, there is a strong pos­si­bil­ity BN can win more than 50% of the votes.

The seat had been an in­de­pen­dent seat since its in­cum­bent, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, was sacked from MIC.

Kayveas said this will be the sec­ond time the Cameron High­lands would be taken away from MyPPP.

He said pre­vi­ously it was taken away in 2004 and then again in the last elec­tion.

“Now that we have put in all the hard work, sud­denly the party that had ig­nored the seat wants it back,” Kayveas said.

He added that to para­chute in a can­di­date who had hardly done any work there would not bode well for BN.

He said the vot­ers pre­fer a lo­cal and some­one who has shown com­mit­ment to the peo­ple there.

“For us it is im­por­tant that Barisan Na­sional wins the seat but there is a strong pos­si­bil­ity that a new face might be re­jected by the vot­ers,” he said.

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