The number of Indian voters in Kuala Terengganu may be small but the MIC believes their votes may be crucial, should the upcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election be a close fight.

Noting that there were more than 500 Indian voters in Kuala Terengganu, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said: “Going by the results of the last general election, every vote counts,” he said in a statement issued here Friday.

The by-election is held, following the death of Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Razali Ismail on Nov 28, due to heart failure.

Nominations have been fixed for Jan 6. In the event of a contest, polls will be held on Jan 17.

In the March general election, Razali won by a narrow majority of 628 votes, defeating Pas vice-president Mohamad Sabu and an 89-year-old independent candidate, grandmother Maimun Yusuf.

The Kuala Terengganu constituency is 88.2 per cent Malay and nearly 11 per cent Chinese. Indians form 0.6 per cent of the electorate while other races such as the Orang Asli, form the remaining 0.2 per cent.