PPP eyeing mainland seats

GEORGE TOWN: The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is seeking to contest a parliamentary seat and a state seat in Penang in the next general election.

Party president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas said he had submitted the party’s request to the Barisan Nasional leadership, stating the location of the seats and proposed candidates.

“We are eyeing the seats in the mainland but the details won’t be revealed yet as we don’t want to create any controversy before the general election.

“State PPP chairman Datuk Loga Bala Mohan has been providing his services to the people since 1994 and it is fair for PPP to be tested in the coming election,” Kayveas told a press conference after the opening of the Penang PPP Convention at a hotel here yesterday.

PPP did not contest any seat in Penang in the last general election in 2008.

Kayveas said that the party had asked to contest in a total of four parliament seats and 12 state seats nationwide.

When asked if he would be contesting, he said he would focus on ensuring that his leaders get seats.

“If I’m offered a seat, I will deliver. If not, I want to support my leaders. My only interest is to see Barisan win,” he added.

In his speech earlier, Kayveas urged party members to be actively involved in its ‘Mission 510’ (Misi 510) which was for all division committee members to reach out to 10 voters in their constituencies.

Penang Barisan chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the seats requested by PPP could be arranged.

He also said Barisan wanted all its component parties to get in touch with their members who were voters in their respective constituencies through its ‘Jejak Kasih’ programme.

“Statistics have showed that there are 25% to 35% of members and voters in each constituency and we need to talk to them.

“It is also crucial to resolve any conflict within the parties to ensure there will be no frustration votes,” said Teng who opened the convention.

On an unrelated matter, he said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) would open a branch office in Penang in the next two months.

“This is to help solve traffic issues in Penang,” he said.

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