Azmin not sincere about talks over seats, claims PSM


KLANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali’s invitation to Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) to discuss seats for the 14th general election (GE14) has not been well received, with party leaders claiming Azmin is not being sincere.

PSM’s central committee member S Arutchelvan said Azmin was merely “recycling” old promises made to the party.

“After the 2008 general election, we had written many times to Pakatan Rakyat to join the then opposition pact but nothing was done,” he said at a press conference to announce its PSM candidate for Port Klang.

Yesterday, Azmin said his invitation to talks on seat negotiations to ensure a straight fight between the opposition and Barisan Nasional should be seen in a positive light.

“Be it PSM or any other parties working towards reform and change, as long as they are not Umno, we are ready to talk,” he was quoted as saying.

Arutchelvan said despite no formal negotiations between PSM and Pakatan Harapan, the party will support the opposition in 97% of the parliamentary seats in GE14.

“We are fielding our candidates in only 3% out of the total 222 parliamentary seats,” he said.

Last month, PSM announced it will contest in three parliamentary seats in Selangor, namely Subang, Hulu Langat and Hulu Selangor, in GE14.

The current MPs for Subang, Hulu Langat and Hulu Selangor are R Sivarasa of PKR, Che Rosli Che Mat of PAS and P Kamalanathan of MIC respectively.

They also said they will field their candidates in four Selangor state seats — Semenyih, Kota Damansara, Sri Muda and Port Klang.

PSM said it will be fielding a local resident, Shanmuga Sundran, for the Port Klang seat.

Shanmuga told reporters he would serve Port Klang residents well.

“The previous two assemblymen contested under the PKR banner but later quit the party to be independent assemblymen.

“This has posed a problem to their voters because they have no one to turn to when they want to lodge complaints,” he said, adding that the assemblyman’s office was now closed.

The Port Klang state seat is currently held by former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim, who quit PKR after the menteri besar crisis in 2014 and is currently an independent candidate.

During the 2008 general election, PKR’s candidate Badrul Hisham Abdullah won the seat but quit PKR in October 2009 to become an independent.