Najib: BN win shows swing in support

Najib: BN win shows swing in support

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak described Barisan Nasional candidate P.Kamalanathan’s win in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat by-election Sunday as a shift in people’s support in favour of BN.

He said the victory meant a lot for BN as it had contested in an opposition-ruled state and the seat was also held by the opposition before this by-election.

“The win is very meaningful because if we look at the 2008 general election results and today’s outcome, the nearly 2,000-vote majority shows that a swing in support for BN has taken place,” he said after the result was announced at the multi-purpose hall of the Hulu Selangor District Sports Complex in Kuala Kubu Baharu here on Sunday night.

Also present were Deputy Premier Muhyiddin Yassin who is also BN deputy chairman and Umno deputy president, the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor, and leaders of BN component parties.

Kamalanathan won the by-election with a 1,725-vote majority after garnering 24,997 votes, defeating Zaid Ibrahim from Parti Keadilan Rakyat who obtained 23,272 votes.

Hopes and expectations

Najib, who is also Umno president and BN chairman, said the victory also meant that the residents of Hulu Selangor also rejected the opposition’s politicking ways.

“It means that if they (opposition) spread lies and slander, the voters know which is true and which is false.”

He said BN through Kamalanathan as the new Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor would work earnestly to fulfil the trust, hopes and expectations of the people here.

“This is their trust in BN that we must view seriously and pay attention to it, and fulfil not just the promises made but also their hopes and aspirations in all aspects, whether it’s development or welfare,” he said.

Najib thanked the BN by-election machinery headed by Muhyiddin and all the BN component parties whether at the branch, divisional or state level, as well as other quarters who helped BN secure victory in the by-election.

source : http://www.malaysianmirror.com/nationaldetail/6-national/37937-najib-bn-win-shows-swing-in-support

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Victory in Hulu Selangor indicates people’s confidence in BN, says Muhyiddin

Victory in Hulu Selangor indicates people’s confidence in BN, says Muhyiddin

Barisan Nasional’s (BN) triumph in the Hulu Selangor by-election indicates the people’s confidence in the BN leadership, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“The win shows the people trust BN and is the result of its hard work in convincing the voters to vote for BN.

“It also shows the prime minister’s (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) good relationship with the people. They accepted his explanations on national issues.

This is a good sign for BN,” he said when met after the announcement of the by-election results in Kuala Kubu Baharu, here, tonight.

In the parliamentary seat by-election, BN’s P.Kamalanathan defeated Datuk Zaid Ibrahim from Parti Keadilan Rakyat with a 1,725-vote majority. He secured 24,997 votes against Zaid’s 23,272 votes.

Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said the win showed the people were ready to accept and imbibe the 1Malaysia concept introduced by the prime minister.

“This is the sacred voice of the people of Hulu Selangor. It shows his (prime miniter’s) ideas are accepted by them,” he said.

Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said among the factors that contributed to BN’s victory was its well-organised and united by-election machinery with no tense situation created throughout the campaign period.

“BN’s victory is the fruit of labour of various quarters including the election machinery in their campaign in every part of the constituency.

“I thank all the speakers at the BN ‘ceramah’ (talks), and the ministers and deputy ministers who ‘turun padang’ (went to the ground), thus contributing to BN’s win in the by-election,” he told Bernama through SMS tonight.

Hulu Selangor’s racial composition itself portrayed 1Malaysia, with 53 per cent of the voters comprising Malays, 26 per cent Chinese, 19 per cent Indians, and the rest included the Orang Asli, he said.

Ahmad also thanked the voters of Hulu Selanghor for giving victory to BN by choosing its candidate to represent them.

source : http://www.mysinchew.com/node/38196?tid=

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indians back with MIC – P.Kamalanathan

Indians back with MIC – P.Kamalanathan

Newly-elected Hulu Selangor member of parliament P. Kamalanathan declared, moments after the announcement of results, that his victory meant Indians now identified themselves with the aspirations of the ruling coalition. “Indians are back with MIC but that doesn’t mean the work is over. We still have a lot more to do,” Kamalanathan said.

The by-election saw the MIC man increasing the Indian support by at least eight per cent to about 60 per cent in an electorate where they make up close to 20 per cent of the voters. In the 2008 general election, the Indian support was only about 52 per cent but in the 2004 elections, support was up to 90 per cent. He said one of his main tasks will now be to bring the support back to the pre-2008 levels.

Acknowledging that a huge task was awaiting him, Kamalanathan said he now had to fulfil all the BN promises to the people. “However, my first task will be to thank all the voters in the area. It does not matter if they voted for me or not. They are all my constituents now and I will meet and serve all of them. “The trust and mandate given clearly shows how BN can serve the people in Hulu Selangor. I will meet Sungai Buaya residents tomorrow to express my sincere gratitude to them. “I regard this victory as not mine, but that of the entire BN machinery which had worked round the clock to ensure my victory.”

He described his victory as one that belonged to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and everyone else who had worked hard for him. He said his victory showed the people accepted the leadership of Najib. He said he would shift from his house in Taman Kuala Garing, Rawang, to an area in Hulu Selangor as it would allow him to serve the people better.

source : http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/07hjsa/Article/index_html

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Pemilihan P.Kamalanathan Mewakili BN Tepat – Sinar Harian 21/4/10

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Belia Aktif Bantu Masyarakat Diiktiraf – Sinar Harian

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Strategi Tepat MIC NS Yakin Rampas Hulu Selangor – Sinar Harian

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P.Kamalanathan Calon Tepat

P.Kamalanathan Calon Tepat

Pemilihan  En.P.Kamalanathan sebagai calon Barisan Nasional menghadapi PRK Hulu Selangor merupakan suatu tindakan yang tepat dengan konsep 1 Malaysia,kata Dr.S.Thinagaraj; Ketua Pegawai Penerangan MIC N.Sembilan.

“ Rakyat umum mahukan perubahan,meminta calon baru , meminta calon muda  dan En.P.Kamalanathan calon yang baik, tiada skandal, tiada masalah ,dia juga orang muda, serta memegang Ijazah Komunikasi Massa (Perhubungan Awam) di Australia, jadi tepatlah pemilihan beliau sebagai calon Barisan Nasional selaras dengan slogan Perdana Menteri iaitu “Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan” , kata beliau. “Lagi pula kemahiran dalam bidang komunikasi dan teknologi maklumat merupakan kekuatan Kamalanathan untuk menawan hati penduduk di Hulu Selangor , saya yakin kelebihan ini dapat mewujudkan perhubungan yang lebih baik dengan rakyat” tambah beliau lagi

“Saya juga mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pimpinan tertinggi Barisan Nasional diatas pencalonan wakil MIC bagi PRK kawasan Hulu Selangor, walaupun komuniti India di Hulu Selangor sangat kecil dibanding kaum kaum lain, pilihan calon MIC menunjukkan ikatan setiakawan yang dibina dalam badan induk Barisan Nasional selama lebih dari 60 tahun tidak tergugah oleh isu isu tempatan yang ditonjolkan oleh pembangkang , ini saja sudah cukup bagi menentukan kemenangan”

Bercakap mengenai peluang Barisan Nasional,Dr.S.Thinagaraj dengan yakin berkata” Peluang Barisan Nasional untuk menang sangat cerah, Saya percaya rakyat di Hulu Selangor dapat merujuk sendiri kepada kepimpinan negara, pembangunan yang telah dilakukan oleh perdana menteri ,serta pelan pembangunan masa depan negara,dan bukannya asyik lompat parti tanpa pendirian tetap, itu yang perlu kita lihat lagi pula nama yang besar saja tidak menjanjikan kemenangan,buktinya Pilihanraya Umum 2008

Dr.S.Thinagaraj, yang juga merupakan Ketua PUTERA MIC N.Sembilan berkata, MIC N.Sembilan akan mengirimkan wakil bagi memulakan kempen pilihanraya bemula hari ini sejurus selepas menghadiri majlis penamaan calon dan menetap di kawasan pilihanraya bagi membantu perjalanan  proses berkempen.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kamalanathan takes on Zaid

      Kamalanathan takes on Zaid

The MIC has agreed to field its information chief P Kamalanathan as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat. Barisan deputy chairman Muhyiddin Yassin will make the official announcement later today.

It is learnt that MIC president S Samy Vellu held a last-minute discussion with Muhyiddin to keep to his (Samy Vellu’s) preferred choice to field the party’s No 2 G Palanivel.However, it was decided that Kamalanathan, dubbed the MIC’s ‘information warrior’ , is the better person to be the Barisan’s flag bearer because of the current ‘political climate’ in the Hulu Selangor.

Some quarters had said that putting Palanivel would be fielding a ‘recycled leader’ but what the electorate wants is a forward-looking candidate to take the onslaught of the rival Pakatan Rakyat camp.Earlier, speculation had been rife that Hulu Selangor MIC Youth chief V Mugilan would be named the coalition’s candidate.He, however, fell out of favour in the wake of a suit he has filed against the Tamil Youth Bell Club, even though he is withdrawing from it.

Mugilan, also the MIC deputy youth chief, was contesting the club’s decision last year to sack him from his position as the club’s vice president.Following his legal suit against the club, Mugilan was later removed from the position of Selangor Bell Club secretary as the club saw the action as humiliating to the organisation.

At the same time, another MIC group lobbied for the leadership to pick Kamalanathan as the candidate.He is known among his circle of friends a ‘the information warrior’ due to his ambition to get the party fully engaged in information technology and embrace the new media.His style appeals to the young , who are mostly Internet savvy.

When the names of the two young prospects surfaced, the older members in the party were not happy as they were already preparing to canvass for deputy president Palanivel.The four-term MP had, after all, only lost by a mere 198 votes to Zainal Abidin in the 2008 general elections and he is still a well-respected politician among the constituents, they said.

Nevertheless, now that the Barisan campaigners in Hulu Selangor already know who they are fighting for, it would be another task for the leaders to convince party workers that the coalition had made the right choice in Kamalanathan.

The rival Pakatan Rakyat has already named Zaid Ibrahim as their flag bearer but it is still trying to convince party workers that he is the best nominee among several names submitted to the leadership council for consideration.

Likewise, the Barisan has to also deal with the discontent that has been brewing from within eversince the seat fell vacant on March 25, following the death of incumbent MP Dr Zainal Abdin Ahmad.

Umno, which initially lobbied for the candidature of former mentri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib has stopped staking claims on the parliamentary seat after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the Barisan representative will be from the MIC.

However, when Najib kept silent on the preferred candidate, there has been manouvres within the MIC to push for Mugilan’s candidacy.At the same time, another young faction pushed for the leadership to pick Kamalanathan as the candidate.

At the outset of the campaigning it was already known that Samy Vellu had only proposed Palanivel’s name to be fielded.Word from the grapevine has it that some MIC workers have threatened to close the party’s by-election operations centre if the Barisan leadership rejected Palanivel.

In Kuala Kubu Baru, 70 MIC branches called for an emergency meeting on Wednesday to declare their support for Palanivel.At another function, Puchong MIC chairman A Saktivel said many divisions have confidence in Palanivel to wrest the seat back from the PKR.

“He is a heavyweight who can easily take on Zaid. In the spirit of the Barisan consensus, the Barisan chairman should endorse a candidate recommended by a component party leader,” he told a press conference attended by 18 division chiefs and their representatives.

Saktivel said the divisions were disturbed by media reports which indicated that Umno was promoting Mugilan.

“We are unhappy that Umno is trying to dictate terms in deciding the candidate when it is the preroga­tive of the MIC and its president,” he said.

However, Hulu Selangor by-election secretariat director Satim Diman s aid Umno would support any candidate that the Barisan fielded.

“We will campaign hard to secure victory for Barisan, regardless of which component party the candidate is from.”

In the Pakatan camp, the decision to field Zaid had not gone down well with certain groups. They walked out when his name was announced as the candidate on Tuesday.They are not happy that Zaid, from Kelantan, is being fielded in a Selangor constituency.

It will not surprise political observers if an independent candidate emerges from the dissenting groups to undermine Zaid’s chances of winning.

“There are many people of calibre here…why should we elect a candidate from outside, like the PKR candidate from Kelantan? ” asked Felda settler Johan Mohd Diah, 31.

The settler from the Sungai Tenggi Felda scheme, who claims to repr esent about 20,000 young voters in Hulu Selangor, will stand as an Independent.

Another aspiring ‘dark horse’ who has announced he would go into the fray as an Independent, is former Hulu Selangor MIC division deputy chairman VS Chandran.

Currently suspended for one year by the party, the 56-year-old businessman said he had already paid the RM5,000 deposit to contest in the election.

Source : http://www.malaysianmirror.com/nationaldetail/6-national/37008-kamalanathan-takes-on-zaid

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Will Palanivel finally prevail?

Will Palanivel finally prevail?
by Dato’ T.Rajagopalu

Former Hulu Selangor MP Datuk G. Palanivel may be battling negative perception but he has the upper hand because of his track record compared with a newcomer as Barisan ponders on the right candidate for the hot seat.

THE DOUBLE-STOREY house in Bukit Beruntung that overlooks a valley is stacked with hundreds of files detailing former Hulu Selangor MP Datuk G. Palanivel’s work since he won the constituency in 1990.

Also in the house are files showing welfare support for the hardcore poor, scholarship applications and medical help given to many people when he was deputy minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development.
Potential candidate: Palanivel’s camp is hoping his hard work, sincerity and scandal-free life will help overcome any reservations

The files may be an authentic record of Palanivel’s work but unfortunately, they are of not much help as he fights to restart his stalled political career.

He is facing two issues – detractors in MIC who are unhappy with his rise to power and public perception that he had only warmed his seat as MP since 1990.

By far, the fight against public perception is more difficult to handle.

Public perception is everything in politics. Some leading universities in the world are advocating that public perception is in fact the political reality and hard work doesn’t mean a thing when public perception turns against you.

Palanivel, 61, a former consumer advocate with CAP who later became a journalist in Bernama, has a public relations problem which is a major handicap for a politician, no matter how hard working and scandal free he or she is.

Although he had won the constituency with big majorities since 1990, he lost to PKR Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad in the last election by 198 votes.

The defeat stalled his political career in MIC and raised doubts whether he would inherit the MIC from President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who has lead the party since 1979.

Palanivel fought off two challengers – former deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam and vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan last October to retain his MIC deputy president post but it was a close fight.

That slim victory marked an uphill battle in his effort to restart his MIC career and inherit the party’s mantle when Samy Vellu retires later this year.

There is also market talk that Barisan Nasional is considering other candidates for Hulu Selangor besides Palanivel.

He was appointed the constituency’s Barisan co-coordinator to wrest the seat back from PKR when it was known that Zainal was very ill and was fighting for his life before he passed away last month.

Palanivel has a head start not just in preparing for the by-election but also as the constituency’s former incumbent, he knows the ground, the issues and Barisan machinery.

It is too late for Barisan to change horses and enter into a major fight with Pakatan which is marshalling all its resources to win.

Both coalitions want a big victory in Hulu Selangor as a forerunner to the next general election.

The Pakatan has heavyweights like Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and local boy Dr Halili Rahmat to choose from and its choice will be announced on April 13, two days before Barisan names its candidate.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the Selangor Barisan Nasional convention on Wednesday that the candidate would come from MIC and that once he had decided as Barisan chairman, he urged everyone to close ranks.

Speculation is rife that new candidates are being considered for the seat although the MIC top leadership has shrugged off the speculation.

They admit that Palanivel has a perception problem and that he is not an extrovert like Samy Vellu who can sing, dance, cry and hug his way into people’s hearts. Palanivel is too reticent for a politician.

He would have made an excellent academic, his aides admit.

But they also say political protocol and seniority are important factors to consider.

Palanivel is the party’s deputy president and heir apparent, they say, and the MIC Central Working Committee had selected him as its sole candidate.

“At stake also is the whole succession question. If he does not contest and win, then the MIC’s succession is thrown into confusion,” said a former MIC vice-president. “Samy Vellu cannot handover to a deputy who is not a minister and MP.”

Palanivel’s camp is hoping that his hard work, sincerity and scandal-free life would help to overcome any reservations. “It is better to bet on a safe horse than experiment with newcomers,” said a Palanivel aide.

They also hoped that voters would see the warmer side of Palanivel.

But public perception is hard to ignore and Najib has an unenviable task of weighing the pros and cons before deciding on the candidate.

But as it is, Palanivel has an advantage because of his track record and experience as a former MP compared with a newcomer especially when there is so much at stake in the by-election.

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