MO,12/3/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC candidates list has been submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, party president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said. He said the candidates were selected mainly based on feedback received from ground surveys, and comprised of a mix of young and experienced people.
“We need to consider candidates from various levels, and that is the reason we started preparing for this election much earlier than we did before. “Ground survey is one of the best ways to identify the most suitable candidates, especially for different areas. I have already submitted the candidates list to the prime minister,” he said. Subramaniam said the party had carefully selected candidates based on certain criteria, in hopes to have a better winning chance.
“We try our best to have that mix, so eventually we have a group of young people, experienced people, those who won their seats before, some who are holding posts in the party and others who are popular in certain locations. It’s a combination of multiple things.
“However, ultimately we need full support from our component parties. So if everybody works together in the Barisan Nasional spirit, we will be able to do better than before,” he said this at the launching of the Socio-economic Development of Indian Community Unit (SEDIC) preschool programme 2018 at Sri Subramaniar temple in Subang Jaya today.
The government through its Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) and SEDIC initiative had been managing and monitored preschools in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) since 2014. Also present was SEDIC director-general Professor Datuk Dr Rajendran Nagappan. This year alone, 7,000 preschool children had benefitted from the SEDIC programme through 211 preschools nationwide. SEDIC helps support teachers’ allowance, reading material, teaching and learning material as well as student insurance.