KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will be fielding a candidate in the upcoming Cameron Highlands by-election, its acting president Mohamad Hasan said today.
Mohamad said this had been agreed upon by other Barisan Nasional component parties — MCA and MIC.
“Umno needs to carry the challenge and field the candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election,” he told reporters after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) tonight.
Speculation has been rife on MIC giving up a seat it had held since 2004 and surrendering it to Umno.
Mohamad stressed on the importance of the Cameron Highlands by-election as it would serve as a benchmark on how effective they were and whether the people still favoured BN.
He said discussions have been held at the BN leadership level, with Umno agreeing to lead the way.
“The candidate who represents BN in the by-election can strengthen the party and give victory to us,” he said.
The by-election was triggered after the Election Court revoked C Sivarraajh’s victory in the May 9 general election.
It was reportedly found that money was used during the campaign to buy votes.
Sivarraajh, who is MIC vice-president, last week said he would not challenge the election court’s decision, and that the Barisan Nasional opted to fight for the cause of the people through a by-election rather than going to the Federal Court.
Cameron Highlands has traditionally been an MIC seat. Sivarraajh had won the constituency with a 567-vote majority in GE14.
DAP’s M Manogaran will be fielded in this by-election.