SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan MIC has no qualms giving up the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, if there is demand to do so by BN's central leadership.
State MIC chairman Datuk L Manickam when contacted said that although traditionally the Port Dickson parliamentary seat has been allocated for MIC, seat swapping between BN's component parties in facing by-elections however is possible.
"The announcement of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting in Port Dickson has just been made and we have yet to make any discussions but we will follow whatever decisions made by the party's central (leadership)," he said.
"This includes whether MIC should surrender the seat to other BN component parties as well as on the candidate who will contest in the area," he said.
On speculation that Umno deputy president and state BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is said to be the most suitable candidate to contest in the Port Dickson by-election, Manickam said MIC Negri Sembilan would support every decision made by the BN's central leadership to ensure the party's victory.
Asked about Anwar's decision to contest in Port Dickson, Manickam said all parties should accept his choice with open hearts.
"Perhaps he (Anwar) feels Port Dickson is an easy route, but for us, as long as there is competition, it will not be easy," he said.
It was announced earlier that PKR's Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah will give up the Port Dickson in order to pave the way for a by-election for Anwar to contest in.
(File pic) State MIC chairman Datuk L Manickam (left) when contacted said that although traditionally the Port Dickson parliamentary seat has been allocated for MIC, seat swapping between BN's component parties in facing by-elections however is possible. (Pic by MOHD AMIN JALIL)
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