Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PSM: Semenyih ours if BN doesn’t cheat

Thursday, 5 April 2012

However, there has been an “abnormal 28% increase” in voter numbers, says PSM secretary general Arutchelvan.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is confident of winning the Semenyih state seat in a free and fair election, but is concerned by what it sees as evidence that Barisan Nasional is preparing to cheat in the coming polls.

There has been a 28% increase in the number of voters registered there, according to PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan.

“The election will be decided by how BN can cheat,” he told a press conference here. “A 28% voter hike is abnormal. Normally it is about 5% to 10%.”

Arutchelvan contested for the Semenyih seat in 2008 but lost to Johan Aziz of Umno. However, he said he would win in the coming election if honesty and fair play prevailed.

Support for him had grown overwhelmingly in the constituency, he said without elaborating.

He also claimed that there had been a 35% rise in voter numbers in the Kota Damansara state constituency, now held by PSM chairman Nasir Hashim.

These dramatic increases follow a trend that opposition parties have been highlighting for several weeks. They suspect something fishy, but Barisan Nasional has shrugged off allegations that it is counting on phantom voters to win in certain areas.

Arutchelvan said this was one of the “dirty BN tactics” that gave PSM reason to participate in the Bersih rally scheduled for April 28.

Answering a reporter’s question, he said he did not foresee any trouble at the rally “unless the government does not allow it to go on”.

The public would blame the authorities if anything untoward were to happen, he added.

The press conference was held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, where Selangor state and town legislators from PSM declared their incomes in the wake of recent salary increases.

All legislators from PSM contribute 40% of their salaries to the party.

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