Arutchelvan expresses his disappointment with the PKR leadership over the Semenyih state seat.
JAYA (April 17): Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S
Arutchelvan expressed regret today that PKR had allegedly played the
racial card in rejecting his candidacy in the Semenyih state
He said a senior PKR leader informed him last night that PKR deputy
president Azmin Ali's "group" refused to make way for him because they
wanted a Malay candidate in the consituency.
"Aside from breaking their promise, PKR is using the racial card to deny PSM the Semenyih seat," he claimed in a statement.
PSM had been in talks with Pakatan Rakyat to allow Arutchelvan, who had
contested the Semenyih seat under the PKR ticket in 2008, to stand again
also wanted its chairman Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim and central committee
member Dr Michael Jeyakumar to defend their Kota Damansara and Sungai
Siput seats respectively.
PKR leaders had said that they were agreeable to the PSM candidates
being fielded but not to PSM's insistence on using its own logo.
However, last Sunday PKR went ahead and named Serdang PKR division chief Hamidi Hassan as the candidate for Semenyih.
But the following day, PKR strategy chief Rafizi Ramli said the decision
was not final, while PKR vice-president Tian Chua gave an assurance
that PSM candidates can be fielded if the party agrees to use the PKR
Yesterday, when PSM informed PKR that it was prepared to contest under
the PKR ticket, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said incumbents Nasir
and Jeyakumar can defend their seats, but the party needed time to sort
out the Semenyih issue.
But following him last night's decision not to make way for PSM in
Semenyih, Arutchelvam said his party is disappointed that PKR had not
kept to its words.
He also pointed out that PKR had never fielded a candidate in Semenyih before.
"The Malay opposition candidate (from PAS) who contested the seat in
2004 lost by a majority of about 8,000 votes, compared to my loss in the
2008 election by a majority of 1,100 votes.
Langat MP Dr Che Rosli also lost (votes) in Semenyih in the 2008
general election. So the question of Malay candidates having an
advantage in the area is not a fact," he added.