I am not seeking senate membership: Samy Vellu

April 6th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

S. Samy Vellu Kuala Lumpur, April 6 (IANS) Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President S. Samy Vellu has said that he is not seeking membership of the senate, the upper house of Malaysian parliament, to again become a minister.
He rejected speculation Sunday that he would demand to be appointed a senator and returned to the cabinet if the MIC candidate, S. Ganesan, wins a by-election in Bukit Selambau in Negri Sembilan state, New Straits Times reported.

The constituency has a significant population of ethnic Indians who form eight percent of the country’s 28 million population.

Speculation has been rife about this as Malaysia has just had a change of guard with Najib Tun Razak becoming the new prime minister. He is expected to form a new team shortly.

Vellu, a minister for 17 years, lost his ninth bid at re-election to parliament last year.

The MIC has been part of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional that is in power in the federal government.

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