PETALING JAYA: The DAP’s former candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat, M Manogaran, is pleading with Cameron Highlands PSM not to spoil the opposition’s chances of wresting the parliamentary seat from Barisan Nasional (BN).
This follows Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming’s accusation that PSM will be spoilers for planning to field candidates for one parliamentary seat and five state seats currently held by the DAP in the state.
Nga had claimed it was clear PSM wanted to split opposition votes in three-cornered fights that would involve the BN and the Pakatan Harapan coalition, of which his party was a member.
Speaking to FMT, Manogaran voiced his worries regarding PSM’s B Suresh who has made it clear he will be contesting in Cameron Highlands as well as the state seat of Jelai in Pahang.
“PSM did not contest for either Cameron Highlands or Jelai in the last general election in 2013 (GE13). The party refused to support me until the last few days when they changed their stand and claimed to support Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.
“I lost by 462 votes but no analysis has been done on whether I would have won had PSM really supported me.”
Manogaran won the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat in the 2008 general election, but the party moved him to contest in Cameron Highlands in GE13. He had won Teluk Intan in 2008 by defeating Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong with a majority of 1,470 votes.
In 2013, Manogaran was defeated by the BN’s G Palanivel, who was then MIC president, by a margin of 462 votes.
Manogaran insists he would have won had he been informed of the decision to field him in Cameron Highlands sooner.
According to Manogaran, voters are looking for straight fights and that any party joining the fray would be seen as spoilers.
“Any party that makes it a three or more cornered fight is either only going to succeed in making things more difficult for Pakatan Harapan or will end up being taught a very painful lesson by upset voters,” Manogaran said.
He called on PSM to remember that the real enemy was the BN.
“I understand that every party has a right to contest in any election, or else party members would feel directionless. However, PSM must continue to reach out to Pakatan Harapan leaders.
“In the meantime, I ask PSM not to contest in Cameron Highlands if they do indeed agree that our main aim must be to defeat BN. I am not their enemy.”