MIC will file an election petition to challenge the Bukit Batu state seat results in the newly concluded Johor election, says its president S A Vigneswaran.
He said MIC’s candidate S Suppayah lost to PKR’s Arthur Chiong Sen by a majority of just 137 votes.
“We will file a petition because during the counting process, we found that the number of spoilt votes at 650 was higher than the winning majority.
“We did state our objection (during vote counting) but a protest needs to be lodged through the right channels,” he added after an event at the Sungai Siput MIC service centre yesterday.
In the Johor election, MIC won three of the four seats it contested – Kemelah, Kahang and Tenggaroh.
Vigneswaran said MIC’s three-seat win showed that the people had accepted and wanted Barisan Nasional to form the government again.
“We find that Indian voters have returned to BN; this is no longer just rhetoric. Hopefully, we can also receive the support of Indians at the 15th general election,” he said.
At GE14, MIC won the Tenggaroh and Kahang state seats but lost in Gambir and Skudai.