Samy Vellu always maintains he is a fighter and will fight till the last. But when the stakes are up against you, is it not wise to forget about fighting and do something worthy. He is, sad to say, a heavy mill-stone around the head of Ganesan the BN representative for Bukit Selambau. He can sing songs and be a stage hero but the wind is blowing the wrong way and people are annoyed with Samy Vellu. The more they see him, the annoyance gets manifested and poor Ganesan will be the victim.
Samy is not wanted there. He is bad luck for MIC. Lately it is known M.Muthupalaniappan has obtained enough nominations to stand for President of MIC, and perhaps it will be goodbye to Samy. As I see it the stage show he is putting out in Bukit Selambau may be his last and I cannot imagine him operating from back stage.
About 50 per cent of the voters are Malays followed by Indians and Chinese.
Ganesan joined MIC in 1983 and was appointed the state deputy MIC chairman in 2002.
He contested and won the Lunas state seat in the 2004 general election. He was dropped in the 2008 election.
The Bukit Selambau by-election will be held simultaneously with the Bukit Gantang parliamentary vote and the Batang Ai state elections on April 7.
Nomination day for the three by-elections is on March 29.
So far, the BN is handicapped by the insistence of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu in leading the campaign, although he has lost the support of the Indian community.
Umno has told Samy Vellu to drop out of sight and not campaign in Bukit Selambau but the veteran MIC president is campaigning there nearly everyday hoping to turn the tide against him.
The BN fears the daily appearance of Samy Vellu will alienate Indian voters but the veteran has told UMNO leaders he is testing out the re-branding of the MIC and hopes to regain support.
"We just don’t know what to do with him," said a senior Kedah Umno leader on condition of anonymity. "He insists on campaigning and even tells us to mind our own business."