First In­dian-ma­jor­ity seat may see five-way fight

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH

KLANG: The newly es­tab­lished Sen­tosa (N48) state seat un­der the Kota Raja par­lia­men­tary con­stituency, the na­tion’s first In­dian-ma­jor­ity seat, could see a five-way bat­tle.

Fol­low­ing the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) and de­spite be­ing named as a re­place­ment for the for­mer Kota Alam Shah seat, N48 falls un­der the for­mer Seri An­dalas seat held by PKR vi­cepres­i­dent Dr Xavier Jayaku­mar for the past two terms.

With a to­tal of 51,502 vot­ers com­pris­ing 8,767 (17%) Malays; 19,671 (38%) Chi­nese; 22,294 (43%) In­di­ans and 770 (1.4%) other races, the 14th gen­eral elec­tion is ex­pected to see the cam­paign fo­cused on woo­ing the ma­jor­ity com­mu­nity in the area.

Talk is rife that Jayaku­mar is set to con­test the seat de­spite on­go­ing talks within Pakatan Hara­pan ranks while Kota Raja MIC di­vi­sion chief Datuk R.S Ma­niam will most likely be MIC’s choice.

It is learnt that for­mer PKR mem­ber Te­lai Am­balam, who is now with Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), PAS Sup­port­ers Club’s N. M. Ra­jan, known as Cikgu Raj, and for­mer PKR Klang mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor P. S. Ra­joo, are set to con­test the seat un­der the PRM, PAS and in­de­pen­dent ban­ners re­spec­tively.

How­ever, the Sen­tosa seat could also pit youths from both par­ties, should ei­ther Jayaku­mar or Ma­niam be asked to con­test for par­lia­men­tary seats in­stead.

One of the touted youth can­di­dates, Se­lan­gor MIC Youth chief and Ta­man Sen­tosa res­i­dent D. Ka­jen­dran, 36, said Sen­tosa has been plagued by var­i­ous is­sues fol­low­ing the Op­po­si­tion’s takeover of the state in 2008.

“The past 10 years have seen poor rub­bish man­age­ment by the lo­cal coun­cil. This is due to non­sched­uled col­lec­tion of rub­bish by the state-gov­ern­ment owned Kumpu­lan Darul Eh­san Bhd’s (KDEB) con­trac­tors.

“Be­fore 2008, col­lec­tion was at least thrice a week but now it could be ei­ther once a week or twice in three weeks. The un­clean­li­ness has con­trib­uted to more dengue cases,” he said re­cently

The lapses of the PKR-ruled state gov­ern­ment, he said in­cluded fail­ure to pre­vent flood­ing in the area.

Jayaku­mar’s daugh­ter and PKR vice-Youth chief Sangetha Jayaku­mar, 35, an­other name which had cropped up, said PKR has al­ways been do­ing its work in the area though var­i­ous state gov­ern­ment pro­grammes.

“The flood mit­i­ga­tion works in Sen­tosa is still on­go­ing at a cost of RM40 mil­lion. We have reme­died the bulk of the prob­lem.”

Jayaku­mar Ma­niam

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