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Ensure straight fights, MP tells activists

 | July 2, 2012

Or else BN will win by default and our fault, says Balik Pulau’s Yusmadi.

BALIK PULAU: A PKR MP today called on non-BN organisations to join forces with Pakatan Rakyat to ensure a straight fight in every constituency in the 13th general election.

Only if BN were to be knocked off its perch would the country see real political and administrative reforms, said Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff.

He noted that many groups in the country—political organisations, civic associations, trade unions and even individual activists—subscribed to ideals that conform with Pakatan’s agenda without being a member of the bloc.

He said these groups risked failure in trying to achieve their goals if they took a neutral stand or fielded candidates against both BN and Pakatan.

“Multi-cornered electoral battles would benefit neither Pakatan nor any of these groups,” he told FMT. “Only one-on-one fights, like in 2008, would help realise the people’s aspirations for a change in Putrajaya.

“Or else BN would win by default and our fault.”

However, he acknowledged that Pakatan should play a pivotal by expanding its wings to become a hybrid organisation to embrace these groups.

He said Pakatan should become a magnet for dynamic, talented and progressive minded youths and help them flourish as leaders. It should forge long term working ties, not just electoral pacts, with minority groups such as Hindraf, the civil rights movements in Sabah and Sarawak and labour organisations, he added.

Yusmadi was commenting on reports that political parties such as Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), Human Rights Party (HRP) and several native-based political groups in Sabah and Sarawak may contest independently in the coming polls.

PRM is said to be eyeing the Balik Pulau, Selayang and Petaling Jaya Selatan parliamentary constituencies while HRP leader P Uthayakumar has been reported as saying that he was looking at the Kota Raja federal seat and the Sri Andalas state seat.

Pundits say such contests could frustrate Pakatan’s chances of capturing Putrajaya.

Yusmadi called on these groups to put the “long term interests of people and country” above “narrow partisan” objectives.


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