PETALING JAYA: Although it has not been allocated any seats to contest, Hindraf is going all out to secure the Indian vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidates in the May 9 polls.
Its chairman P Waythamoorthy said Hindraf would focus on Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Kedah.
“A cursory observation of delineated parliamentary and state seats in the four states reveals that Indian votes are crucial for victory,” he told FMT.
He said this was especially the case as the Malay vote was likely to be diluted by three-cornered fights between Barisan Nasional (BN), PAS and PH.
Waythamoorthy said he had been in Langkawi and Sungai Petani in Kedah over the weekend, and would be in Pasir Gudang, Johor, today.
The campaign to attract Indian support in Penang and Selangor, meanwhile, would be left to Indian leaders in DAP and PKR, he said.
Waythamoorthy said PH candidates could win in 31 parliamentary and 59 state seats which were won by BN with small majorities in the 2013 general election.
Hindraf’s efforts to shift the working-class Indian voters to PH would see a 20-30% swing in Indian votes on top of the existing 45-55% Indian support base for the opposition, he added.
He said the “zero vote for BN” campaign was gaining momentum as Hindraf’s arguments for voters to reject the present leadership had been well accepted.
“BN cannot be trusted because they did not honour the Indian blueprint for socio-economic change after the 2013 election,” he said.
He also acknowledged disappointment among Hindraf members that PH had not given it any seats, but said he had asked them to put the matter aside for the moment.
“Let us first deliver the votes and discuss policy matters with the PH leadership if they win power at the federal and state levels.”
He said the bone of contention was that Indians were not represented in PH through an exclusively ethnic-based party such as Hindraf.
Last month, PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced Hindraf and the New Generation Party as the coalition’s strategic partners in the May 9 general election.
However, Hindraf’s request for two parliamentary and four state seats was not granted.
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