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DAP, PSM head for standoff over <b>Jelapang</b> | Free Malaysia Today

Posted: 04 Sep 2011 12:08 AM PDT

DAP secretary-general S Arutchelvan refutes Perak DAP's 'PSM spoiler' claim and insist on contesting in the Perak state seat.

PETALING JAYA: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and DAP look set to head for a clash over the Jelapang state seat in Perak with both parties not willing to compomise on their interest in the seat for the next general election.

PSM first expressed its interest to contest in the state seat on Friday but that was immediately rejected by DAP yesterday.

Today, PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan expressed his disappointment with Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham over his strong stand in not willing to give the Jelapang seat to PSM.

He was also upset by Ngeh labelling the PSM as being spoilers for wanting to contest in the seat.

"PSM can only be spoilers if we put candidates in all Pakatan Rakyat areas, but we are only asking for one (state) seat in Perak where DAP (candidate) ran away.

"How can we be spoilers?" Arutchelvan asked.

In 2008, DAP rep Hee Yit Foong won the seat in a three-cornered fight which saw PSM's M Sarasvathy losing her deposit. Hee subsequently quit the party to become a BN-friendly independent, leading to the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat state government in 2009.

PSM is now saying that Sarasvathy stands a strong chance to trounce any Barisan Nasional candidate following the work she has done on the ground since 2008.

Ngeh however had rebuffed this by stating that although Hee had defected, the voters in Jelapang – almost 90% are Chinese- were still with the DAP.

"The people of Jelapang did not reject DAP, they only rejected the candidate," he told FMT yesterday.

"How can PSM ask for a DAP winning seat? I hope PSM would not become spoilers (in the coming general election)," said Ngeh, who is also Bruas MP and Sitiawan state assemblyman.

Betrayed in 2008

Responding to Ngeh today, Arutchelvan said DAP should only consider contesting in the seat if it could produce a candidate who had worked harder than Sarasvathy, a PSM deputy president.

"If DAP can produce another candidate who has done more work than Sarasvathy in Jelapang, we can consider.

"If not Sarasvathy is the best candidate and DAP should not be the spoilers," said Arutchelvan.

"We hope DAP will give in to wisdom by allowing PSM to contest and avoid a three-cornered race.

"PSM is not greedy as it wants only one state seat in Perak," he said.

Arutchelvan added that his party was 'betrayed' by the DAP during the last general election.

"When we lost the last time, we did not stand under our logo and we were only informed at the 11th hour of DAP's betrayal as they did not allow us to contest in Jelapang and Jalong."

He added he has requested in writing for a meeting with DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng to negotiate on this matter.

Also read:

DAP won't give up Jelapang state seat

PSM wants Jelapang state seat

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