LABIS: The Tenang by-election may see a five-cornered fight after a PKR member declared his intention to contest as an independent.
S Jeevan, 34, a successful businessman from Kluang, said today that he intends to contest to break BN dominance in Johor.
“My main aim is not to win but to break the BN’s grip in Johor, which is considered its stronghold,” he said.
He added that his decision to contest nothing to do with PKR.
“I was not forced by any party to contest. I am doing this voluntarily,” Jeevan said.
Jeevan, who has been an ordinary PKR member of the Batu division since 2008, claimed the party’s central leadership did not give its full attention to the grassroots leaders here although it was they who made a lot of sacrifices for the party.
According to him, the PKR top leaders only focused on a small group which was working for the former’s interest.
“I was disappointed with these leaders who only paid attention to members like me during election to gain public support,” he told FMT.
He, however, said that he was still a strong supporter of Pakatan Rakyat.
Jeevan, who holds a diploma in electronic engineering, is fluent in Tamil and Malay.
When asked about his chances of winning, he admitted that hit would not be easy.
“But, at the same time, I will ensure that the BN and MIC will not get votes from the Indians and Malays.”
Indian life now worse
Jeevan also thinks luck may be on his side and he may score an upset win.
“I have had a relationship with Tenang for over 30 years. Many people here know me. If the Chinese do not choose the BN or Pakatan, then my chances of winning are very bright.”
“My message to the Indian community in Tenang: is do not forget your history and the ‘violence’ of the BN.
“The Indian community landed in this nation and ate ubi. And today our lives have become worse,” he said.
Jeevan is the third candidate to announce his intention to enter the fray. The others were S Sanjeevan of Asthivaaram Foundation and G Sivanandan, a member of National Union of Plantation Workers.
BN/Umno is set to contest to retain the seat and is likely to face a stiff challenge from PAS. Both these parties are believed to have zeroed in on women candidates for the Jan 30 by-election.
The Tenang seat fell vacant with the death of two-term BN state assemblyman Sulaiman Taha on Dec 17 due to blood infection and diabetes.
Nomination day is Jan 22.