Sunday, April 13, 2008

‘PSM will consider joining Pakatan Rakyat’

MSTAR ONLINE - Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) will consider joining Pakatan Rakyat if offered a place in the opposition alliance, central committee member Dr D. Jeyakumar said.

The Sungai Siput MP, who won the constituency on a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket, said PSM could work alongside the PKR-DAP-PAS coalition because of similarities in their ideologies.

"Whether we are part of the alliance formally or informally, we will work with them," he said when thanking party supporters in Jelapang on Saturday night.

However, Jeyakumar pointed out that they would need to get PSM registered first.

"We have already taken the matter to court and we will see how it works out," he said.

The party's application to be a registered party had been rejected in 1999 and 2003.

Dr Jeyakumar said it would be less complicated if the PSM were to have its own party, adding that candidates fielded in the general election in future would not have to "borrow" party symbols for the contest.

On his constituency, Dr Jeyakumar said long-standing problems like housing schemes for estate workers, squatters and land titles faced by the people could be resolved with help from the new Perak Government.

"It is a golden opportunity for me to help my constituents," he said.

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