APRIL 14 — Why has V. Mugilan the MIC youth chief in Hulu Selangor not come out and backed Datuk G.Palanivel — his party’s sole nominee for the Hulu Selangor by-election?
No matter what Umno wants, if Mugilan turns down the overtures to turn his back on his party’s leadership, Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be forced to name MIC’s pick.
Is Mugilan ready to pick up the BN candidacy for Hulu Selangor despite the objections of his parent party, MIC?
The public relations disaster that is unveiling here tells us something about what the BN leadership thinks of MIC within the ruling coalition.
It is my opinion that the perception Umno leaders have built in their psyche over the years and probably the decades of MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu’s rule is that MIC listens to Umno, and not the other way around.
But perhaps MIC has made its own bed. If it has over the decades argued that race comes first, then how can they demand for anything when they are a minority in every parliamentary seat in the country?
The counter argument is that Indians are substantial minorities in parliamentary seats in 9 states, and ultimately become the tie-breakers in those seats for Umno.
The question is, which is more important, and it seemingly looks like the value of the MIC vote pool is far less than the need for Umno to determine the leadership for the party.
This will also set the precedence for other parties in the BN, for party members will look to please Umno more than their own party leaders and members.
Returning to Hulu Selangor on a practical level, how will Mugilan campaign — if named as candidate — in the district when the national and more importantly state leadership of MIC have come all-out to support Palanivel?
Will he be ferried from one ceramah to another by local Umno and MCA leaders and be shown as the future of BN, when his future in MIC has been sealed? Or will Umno just tell him to stay quiet in the stage background while they muster the votes as minister after minister except the MIC one parade on stage?
Someone has to answer these questions. Or is everyone outside MIC just so convinced that when the time comes MIC leaders will just become docile and adhere to the prime minister’s pick?