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Socialists Headed For River of Snails

PSM going to contest in Sungai Siput and Jalong

IPOH: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), in a snub to the DAP in Perak, has decided to contest in the Sungai Siput parliamentary and Jalong state seats.

PSM made its decision at a central committee meeting held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The party’s Dr D. Jeyakumar, who is tipped to contest in Sungai Siput, said the party fielded candidates in the two seats in the last elections and came in second in the three-way fights with Barisan Nasional and the DAP.

In 2004, PSM contested under the PKR ticket in the constituencies.

Dr Jeyakumar, who is also a CC member of the yet-to-be-registered PSM, said his party members had continued to work with the people of Sungai Siput and Jalong after the elections.

“The people there also want us to stand in the elections,” he said, adding that “given those reasons, we will be contesting in the two seats.”

On his previous statement that PSM would make way in Sungai Siput for a Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader detained under the Internal Security Act or a DAP national leader, Dr Jeyakumar said, “We’ve asked them (the DAP) earlier to consider that. We were prepared to give way but there was no response from the DAP.”

He said the party also decided to close its operations room in Buntong, Bercham and Jelapang to make way for the DAP for the elections.

“We want to avoid three-cornered fights in those state constituencies,” he said.

– quoted from an article published in The Star on 17th February 2008 (link)

I will say one thing about PSM, at least they have the common sense not to contest against Opposition parties (other than the two seats stated above). What confuses me is that PSM is running candidates anywhere at all, as they are not registered yet. I don’t understand why the government denied their application to register even in the previous election as it is to the government’s advantage to have many Opposition parties. That way the vote will be split, there will be three or four way fights even and the bulk of the votes will go to BN – a nice, lazy, win just the way BN likes it.

So if an unregistered party can contest a seat, what happens if it wins? Will the representative go to Parliament and take part in the government system without any challenge by the other parties? If so, what is the point of registering then? It seems like it is not needed for anything and merely a formality.

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Written by ak57

February 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Posted in Local News, Malaysian Elections, Politics

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