A seemingly sure seat for Pakatan Rakyat in Bukit Selambau has suddenly become doubtful with the Makkal Sakthi movement dead against PKR’s novice candidate.
IT looks like “the others” are already fighting the battle for a Barisan Nasional victory in the Bukit Selambau by-election long before polling on April 7.
For one, the Makkal Sakthi (People’s Power) movement is against PKR’s fresh-face candidate S. Manikumar, 35, whom Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced on Friday.
The opposition to Manikumar started as a small protest by about 30 people but has since widened into an ultimatum by Makkal Sakthi national co-coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran — drop Manikumar or face the consequences.
“We have given Anwar an ultimatum … he has to drop the candidate by today (Monday) or face protest and lose Indian voters,” Thanenthiran said yesterday.
His ultimatum was published in the Tamil dailies and is the talk of the Indian community.
-excerpt from Baradan Kuppusamy,'s piece in The Star-