Thursday, April 25, 2013

Representatives of Chinese and Civil Organizations in Solidarity with Arul

24 Apr 2013, Semenyih
A group of leaders of local Chinese organizations and civil rights activists today showed their support openly to Arutchelvan (Arul), candidate of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) for Semenyih state seat. They said that Arul is always at the forefront of national movement and concerned of issues of grassroots people. for this reason, he is the most qualified man to represent the people in the Selangor state legislative assembly.
These representatives of Chinese organizations and civil rights movement called for a press conference together with Arul at PSM’s election campaign center in Semenyih. 
Representatives present in the press conference included seasoned political commentator Lee Ban Chen; prominent human rights activist Dr Kua Kia Soong; Liau Kok Fah, chairman of the Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH); Kong Wee Cheng, representative of KLSCAH Youth; Lee Soo Wei, representative of the LLG Foundation Development Centre Civil Society Committee; Yong Kin Yin, representative of Malaysian Youth and Student Democratic Movement (DEMA); and academic Lew Bon Hoi.
In relation to the three-cornered fight in Semenyih state constituency, they made their stand clear that Arul is the most winnable and qualified candidate among the three.
Echoing the call for regime change and fighting against corruption, they called on people in Semenyih to reject Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate together with all Malaysians nationwide and pool their votes for the best candidate — PSM candidate Arul who uses PSM’s party symbol “fist” — to avoid vote splitting which will only benefit the BN candidate.
Both Dr. Kua and Lee stressed that Arul has been active in scores of major national movements. He is always at the forefront to walk together with the people and never absent from any struggle of the people like the Abolish ISA movement and campaigns against corruption of the BN government.
PSM always fights for issues concerning the grassroots people including the minimum wages for the labour class, free public healthcare of good quality, anti oil price hike, and so on. For example, PSM has pioneered the struggle for free education, an issue of great concern among the youth and subsequently won the endorsement of Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
In addition, all present in the press conference also expressed their appreciation of Arul’s long-term hard work in Semenyih.
Arul has engaged in organizing the grassroots community in Semenyih since he was a student studying in the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He has lived and served the people in Semenyih for more than two decades. Arul had been appointed as a Kajang municipal councilor after the General Elections 2008.
“Who is the most qualified candidate for Semenyih state seat? The answer is as clear as the moon in the sky,” Lee Ban Chen said.
Although voters in Semenyih who aspire for a regime change may feel confused because of the three-cornered fight, these representatives of Chinese organizations and civil rights movement urged the people in Semenyih to pool their votes to PSM candidate Arul, the most qualified, winnable, principled candidate who has never wavered in fighting against the 56-year-long brutal regime of UMNO/BN, to send a fearless voice to the Selangor state legislative assembly to safeguard the rights of the grassroots people.

Yong Kin Yin
PSM Semenyih News Desk

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