PETALING JAYA, 24 Feb 2009: Kedah Gerakan Youth wants the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Bukit Selambau by-election to be an Indian Malaysian from MIC.
Its youth chief Tan Keng Liang said BN had to honour the agreement made in the 2008 general election.
“Any by-election should follow the agreement made during the last general election. Furthermore, an Indian candidate from MIC can represent all Malaysians in Bukit Selambau,” Tan said in a statement today.
He was responding to Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir’s call for Umno to field a candidate in the 7 April by-election for the state seat in Kedah.
Mukhriz had suggested that an Umno candidate be fielded instead because the seat had about 50% Malay Malaysians. It also has about 30% Indian Malaysians.
The Bukit Selambau seat fell vacant after V Arumugam of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) resigned on 8 Feb. Arumugam had contested the seat last year as an independent, beating MIC’s S Krishnan by a 2,362-vote majority.
On another matter, the state Gerakan youth said it was concerned that nothing had moved since November when the Kedah government announced that it was reverting to a 30% Bumiputera housing quota policy.
Tan said the PAS-led state government should make a clear stand on whether the quota was still 50% as proposed by the state after it took over Kedah in the general election last year.
On 24 Nov, the state reverted to 30% after objections by several quarters, especially the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda).
Rehda had also said that it would set up a joint committee with the state government to develop a release mechanism for unsold Bumiputera lots.
“To date, there is no announcement by the state government on their position in this matter. We call on the Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-led government to state clearly whether they are still agreeable to the release mechanism,” Tan said.