Well, Uncle Samy, I hope Malaysian Indians are receptive, and convinced by your move to infuse new blood in the party.
Here's The Sun's page 1 report (the web version):
KUALA LUMPUR : The MIC today made sweeping changes to its list of candidates for state assembly seats, replacing 13 of the 19 incumbents.
It also changed two of its incumbent MPs, dropping vice-president and Tan Sri Dr K.S. Nijhar (Subang) and switching another vice-president Datuk S. Veerasingam (Tapah) to the Sungkai state seat in Perak which he previously held.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu will spearhead the party into the country’s 12th General Election at a most challenging time, aiming to secure a ninth term in Sungai Siput. He said he was not afraid as he had seen tougher fights in his long political career.
He told a press conference the party was switching its Ijok state seat in Selangor, retained in a by-election last year, with the Bukit Melawati seat held by Umno.
Samy Vellu announced the names of the candidates after holding a one-hour closed door meeting with his party central working committee and the new candidates in the Works Ministry,
Majority of the new faces are lawyers while the others were a doctor, civil servants and businessmen.
Asked why Veerasingam was moved to a state seat, Samy Vellu said it was done so that the party vice-president can take care of Perak, following the departure of its long-serving state chief Datuk G. Rajoo.
On Nijhar being dropped and his reaction, Samy Vellu replied: "I don’t know, I haven’t seen him."
He said Nijhar had served a two-term senatorship before he was brought into the party to serve the people.
Asked if the Indian community would continue to support MIC, he said he was confident they would because they realised that they needed a representation in the government.
“All those who instigated them to ask all sorts of questions are those who cannot represent them in the government. If they feel they don’t want a representation, God also cannot help.”