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KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 -- MIC secretary-general Datuk M. Asojan described Sungai Siput Puteri UMNO chief Norazura Abdul Karim’s statement, asking the MIC to make way for UMNO to contest the parliamentary seat, as an immature and personal view.
He said that the decision on seat allocations for each component party would be taken by the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council, and the MIC's selection to contest in the constituency was based on the composition of voters there.
“The Sungai Siput parliamentary seat is traditionally an MIC seat… So why did the Sungai Siput Puteri UMNO issued such a statement? I don’t know if it is a personal stand or UMNO’s request, but whatever it is we have the top leadership of the BN Supreme Council. I look at it as a personal view and not a BN decision.
“In the (current) situation, when we ourselves have gone down (to Sungai Siput) and worked, but then the matter was raised, I think this is an immature statement. It should be the party leadership to decide,” he said in a press conference on the 74th MIC annual general assembly (AGM) which will be held this Saturday.
On March 28, Norazura posted on her official Facebook account that MIC was no longer able to return the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat to BN.
Meanwhile, Asojan said that whether BN would contest alone in the 15th General Election (GE15) would be decided in the BN Supreme Council meeting.
This follows the statement issued by BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said that BN to face the 15th General Election (GE15) on its own, in his policy speech at the 2020 UMNO annual general assembly recently.
“I think when Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid delivered the message in the UMNO general assembly, it was under his capacity as UMNO president. The actual decision should be based on the BN Supreme Council which will meet in the near future,” he said.
Meanwhile, touching on MIC’s AGM, Asojan said it will be held virtually this Saturday in Klang, Selangor with 400 delegates participating physically while the remaining 400 would follow the conference online.