KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 16: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leader S. Arutchelvan said that the will not be joining the Pakatan Harapan, as the opposition coalition have not been contacted PSM.
“Basically they(PH) have not contacted us so the question of us joining them hasn’t arise.
“We are building the (PSM’s) coalition…we are actually opening up for activist and grassroot people to stand (in election) under our logo, but having to make sure they fit the four criteria.
“Not to play race politics, declare assets, to agree to the party’s manifesto for the 14 General Election (GE14) and to open a service center,” Arutchelvan told The Malaysian Times (TMT) when contacted by today.
When questioned if PSM will indeed be contesting in the hot seat which is Cameron Highlands, where many parties have been vying for, he said “yes”.
“Cameron Highlands definitely we will be contesting in.
“Sungai Siput is our seat already, so we will be defending it.
“Last election we didn’t stand in Camerons, but I think PSM is the most consistent party and we have a very good candidate.
Arutchelvan said that PSM’s candidate has been working in Cameron Highlands consistently.
However, Arutchelvan refused to disclose the name of PSM’s candidate in the Cameron Highlands.
He also refused to name the seats PSM will be vying for in the GE14.
However, he hinted that the party will be focusing in six states namely Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
He said that in the last election because PSM only stood in four seats because the party refused to complicate the opposition coalition’s conditions.
“That was a compromise we made with (former opposition leader) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” he said.
He said that for the GE14 farmer’s and Orang Asli will also be able to stand under the PSM logo.
(The Malaysian Times)