PUTRAJAYA: MIC president Dr S Subramaniam will defend his Segamat parliamentary seat in the 14th general election (GE14).
Ending months of speculation, Subramaniam, who is also health minister, said there was no reason for him to move away as his chances look good and positive given the good work the government had done there for the past five years.
Dubbed as a hot seat for both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan to woo the 47,000 voters there, Subramaniam said many people had said it would be a difficult task for him to defend the seat he first won in 2004 due to voter demographics there.
The Chinese community comprises 46% of the voters, Malays 44% and Indians 10%.
“There has been so much hype about Johor being Pakatan Harapan’s frontline state in the general election. Many people thought the party president should go to a safer seat but I am not going to do so.
“Why should I and how can I go away from the place that I have served all this while?
“Secondly, I don’t want to run away from challenges. This is not good.
“So I have decided to stay and face the challenge,” he told Bernama in an interview here.
In the 2013 general election, the 64-year-old Subramaniam won the Segamat seat after defeating PKR’s Chua Jui Meng with a 1,217-vote majority.
It had been reported previously that Subramaniam might ditch the Segamat seat and vie for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency, which is considered a safer seat and currently held by P Kamalanathan.
Denying the report, Subramaniam said: “The challenge can be easy or difficult. This is part of the political process and my decision is firm.
“I am quite sure it is not going to be easy but I have decided to fight it out. Segamat is my battleground.
“I am confident of winning the seat because of what I have done for the constituency and also because I have received positive response from the people.”
He said despite his busy schedule, he had been visiting the constituency two to three days a week.