The BN have not announced its candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election but if it is Palanival again than the BN is likely to dig its own grave.
Palanival winning the seat in 4 general elections previously was not a good barometer to use to gauge his popularity now.It's different times.He rode on BN popularity before.He had no grassroots support, not likely, because, he won on mainly Malay votes.Those were times when BN was at the pinnacle of power and a stranglehold on the politics of the nation.
With BN's political hegemony and its dominance over the masses anyone put up by the coalition would have won.
For want of a better reason Samy Vellu should know that the man he recommended is not a household name. The close call he had in the March 2008 General Elections was for the BN, not him. Majority of voters in Hulu Selangor were still loyal to the BN then.
Such imprudence in the selection of candidates would surely give PR the upper hand.
Najib should have listened to his own heart instead of people like Samy Vellu who is a spent force and a self-glorified has been.
Samy's recommendation of Palanival is for selfish reason.As Chairman of BN, Najib should have the last say in the selection if he feels the one given to him is not good enough and he should not hesitate to make good his decision.
Ampang MIC deputy chief A.S.Balagurunathan said MIC should review its position in the BN if Najib doesn't accept Samy Vellu's recommendation and said that if not for UMNO, they would not have lost Hulu Selangor and that the result of the last election was caused by UMNO's arrogance.He forgot that majority of the Indian voters voted for the opposition then.Surely, he must have been sent by Samy Vellu to say such thing to try rattle Najib into submission.A poor attempt at the Indian rope-trick. It was MIC and MCA poor performance in the last election that contributed to the deteriorating support for the BN.UMNO retained majority of its Malay seats with the exception of Kelantan.
If common senses were to prevail, by right and by virtue of the area being majority Malays and where politics overruled common sense, the choosing of a non-Malay candidate is surely a political suicide unless the non-Malay candidate has grassroots support and popularity of his own.
The brand named 'BN' doesn't sell very well nowadays.
The right candidate will make a whole lot of difference.
So, Najib, beware, select your candidate carefully.