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Sunday, 14 April 2013

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 13: The Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is prepared for a three cornered fight involving Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Barisan Nasional (BN) and itself, if the party is forced, in the 13th General Election (GE13).

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan, in an interview with The Malaysian Times (TMT), said that the party is prepared to face a three cornered fight in one parliamentary seat and three state assembly seats.

“We are hoping that Pakatan (Rakyat) won’t force a three-cornered fight. If they do, we are prepared for it,” he said.

Arutchelvan said that, even if the party is contesting under PSM’s symbol against a PKR candidate, the party will still support the opposition in other constituencies.

“Although we contest against PKR in one parliament and three state seats, our support is still for the opposition in all other seats. We won’t ask our supporters to go against or don’t vote for PR,” he said.

Arutchelvan said that, a three cornered fight is not helpful for PSM or PR. “If we contest one on one with BN we have a better chance of winning  the seats,” he added.

When asked on PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that the PSM logo will confuse and split the vote in favour of BN, Arutchelvan replied : “PSM is well established among the voters and has a strong support from the people.”


“The people are mature enough to identify the party. There will not be any issue of confusion on the party logos. It is a symbol of struggle,” Arutchelvan added.

He said that, it is very important for the party to contest under the PSM logo in the GE13.

“If we don’t contest under our logo in the coming election it will be very hard for the party to move forwards in future to serve the people,” Arutchelvan said.

Arutchelvan ,who is also a Kajang municipal councillor, said that with over 14,000 members, PSM has plenty of influence nationwide. “We have a strong network.”

He said that the party was not registered during the 2008 election which forced them to contest under PR banner.

“After ten years of struggling we got our party registered. We have all the rights to contest under our own party symbol,” he said.

The party is scheduled to meet the opposition leader, Anwar, today to settle the seat allocation  issue for the GE 13.

During 2008 election, the party won Sungai Siput parliamentary seat and Kota Damansara state seat and Arutchelven who contested for the Semenyih lost to Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz, of BN.

At stake, the party is contesting for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat, which is to be defended by the incumbent Dr D Michael Jeyakumar who defeated former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu with a majority vote of 1,821.

While the state assembly seats are in Semenyih and Kota Damansara seat in Selangor and Jelapang in Perak.

The Kota Damansara seat is held by PSM chairman Nasir Hashim and the party deputy chairman is contesting for the Jelapang seat, while Arutchelvan will be contesting in Semenyih.

Arutchelvan said that, the Semenyih has 42,000 registered voters. The state seat’s electorate consists of 53 per cent of Malays, 28 per cent of Chinese and 19 per cent of Indians.

He said that the support for the PSM in Semenyih has become stronger compared to the past election and there are high chances for the party to win the constituency.

“Semenyih is PSM’s seat for sure. We will win with a big majority if PKR gives us the way,” he said. -TMT
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