DAP central committee member P Ramasamy has scoffed at MIC's insistence that it had only loaned the Cameron Highlands seat, and will contest it again.
He questioned whether the MIC leadership was "hallucinating".
"Is this the joke of the year that MIC had actually loaned the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency to Umno (sic), or is its president, S Vigneswaran, trying to be funny or seeking to regain the party’s pride?" Ramasamy said in a statement today.
Vigneswaran said last night that there was an understanding in BN that MIC had only loaned the seat for the by-election last month.
BN direct candidate Ramli Mohd Nor had won the Cameron Highlands by-election on Jan 26.
Ramasamy, however, questioned why Vigneswaran made no such claim over the Port Dickson seat, which it also ceded in a by-election last October.
BN ally PAS had contested the seat instead.
"Sorry, the MIC has not loaned the Cameron Highlands seat, it has forever lost this seat and the one in Port Dickson to Umno (sic).
"The point is that the MIC never had the respect from Umno in the first place and the question of it loaning the seat never arose in the first place," the DAP man added.
Ramasamy, who is also a Penang deputy chief minister, said that MIC may not even be allocated any seat by Umno in the next general election.