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MyPPP man calls MIC hopeful for Cameron seat a 'copycat'

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Amid the tussle for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat between BN component parties MIC and MyPPP, the candidate from MIC has been accused of "copying" MyPPP president M Kayveas' programmes in the constituency. 

MyPPP information chief Simon Suresh was quoted saying in Tamil Malar that MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh, who is currently MIC's constituency coordinator for the seat, has even exaggerated the number of attendees to programmes he had organised. 

"When he (Sivarraajh) first came to Cameron Highlands, he said he was the constituency coordinator,  but now he tells at functions that he is MIC's candidate for the seat. He steals Kayveas' ideas and passes them off as his own in media interviews. 

"Sivarraajh  'monitored' Kayveas' (photo) programmes in his first three months in the area. Now, when Kayveas organises a futsal tournament, Sivarraajh does the same, when Kayveas has an open house, Sivarraajh also has the same. This is what you call a copycat," Simon was quoted saying. 

He added that Sivarraajh also recently claimed that he organised a Deepavali function attended by 3,500 Indians, in a hall which can only accommodate up to 500 people. 

"Everyone in the area knows that the hall can only fit in about 500 people, and the food on that day was only prepared for about 1,000 people. 

"According to our information, only about 50 Indians and 20 Chinese attended the function, but Sivarraajh boasted that it was attended by 3,500 people. This shows that his claims are outright lies. 

"Furthermore, as per 2013 records, there were only about 3,400 registered Indian voters in the constituency, out of which only about 800 came out to vote. How can Sivaraajh claim that 3,500 people turned up then?" asked Simon. 

When reached for comment, Sivarraajh told Malaysiakini that he does not entertain 'clowns'. 

Kayveas has been serving the constituents the past three years and the party has called for him to be made BN's candidate for the seat, come the 14th general election. 

However, MIC has maintained that the seat, which was won by former party president G Palanivel in the 13th general election, traditionally belongs to it. 

Kayveas has had meetings with his MIC counterpart Dr S Subramaniam to discuss the seat but no conclusion has been reached. 

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