Samy’s son denies wanting to stand in dad’s former seat

S Vell Paari says any decision on candidates remains in the hands of the MIC president.

PETALING JAYA: MIC treasurer-general S Vell Paari has hit out at claims that he had asked to contest the Sungai Siput seat following reports that he was interested in doing so.

Vell Paari also said MIC president Dr S Subramaniam was right to demand that party leaders stop making public statements requesting for seats in the 14th general election (GE14).

“I did not request for the seat. I did not ask to be given the seat. I was only answering questions on what I would do if I was given the opportunity.

“If given, I do not mind standing in GE14,” he told FMT.

However, he said the decision remained in the hands of the MIC president.

“I always inform him about any statements I issue and the questions asked of me.

“We have an excellent relationship and I clear it all with him first.”

Vell Paari, the son of former minister and MIC president S Samy Vellu who was an eight-term MP for Sungai Siput from 1973 to 2008, added that Subramaniam’s warning was aimed at all leaders and not just him.

“There is nothing wrong with his statement.”

The MIC president issued the warning shortly after Vell Paari’s statement that he was keen to contest in Sungai Siput.

He also warned against any “challenges to the decisions of the party leadership”.

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