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Karpal to talk with Pakatan on tie-up with Hindraf

 | October 8, 2011

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said he will speak with Pakatan top leaders on forging ties with Hindraf .

GEORGE TOWN: DAP national chairman Karpal Singh will talk to the Pakatan Rakyat top brass on possible electoral link-up with Hindraf Makkal Sakti – Human Righs Party alliance .

Hindraf-HRP  have extended the olive branch to Pakatan and wanted  to forge working ties with Pakatan. Karpal said as a responsible and progressive political entity, the coalition would give a fair consideration to the proposal.

He did not rule out of an electoral tie-up with Hindraf-HRP if the alliance benefited Pakatan.

He acknowledged that civil rights movement Hindraf was the reason for the massive Indian vote swing in 2008 general election for Pakatan.

“In view of Hindraf-HRP extending the olive branch, I would surely talk to Pakatan top leaders about it.

“We will consider it in fair and just manner before deciding on it. If such cooperation proved to be useful to Pakatan, why not,” Karpal told FMT here today.

Hindraf and its splinter group HRP are  wooing Pakatan to forge an electoral alliance to face its common enemy – Umno-helmed Barisan Nasional – in the 13th general election.

Hindraf was the most influential factor that convinced the Indian voters to shift their traditional allegiance with BN in the last general election.

Many Pakatan candidates were then seen  working hand-in-hand with Hindraf activists to secure votes.

The Indian swing contributed to Pakatan’s massive electoral gains at the expense of BN.

On Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M Manoharan, Karpal said that the national flag controversy may or may not affect his chances to stand again in the next election.

“The party would consider every aspect of a candidate before making a decision.

“If one is qualified to contest, he will be chosen,” indicated Karpal, dismissing internal claims that Manoharan was ‘finished’ as an assemblyman.

Last night, the DAP central executive committee (CEC) decided to set aside the six-month suspension imposed on Manoharan for making offensive remarks on the Malaysian flag in his social network Facebook account on Sept 16.


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