PRM wants opposition to discuss seats soon


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) wants all opposition parties in the country to meet as soon as possible to discuss allocation of seats and strategies to win the next general election. 

PRM president Dr Syed Husin Ali said the partners in the opposition pact – Parti Keadilan Nasional, PAS and PRM – should speed up the process of seat allocation among themselves before meeting other opposition parties. 

“It is not possible for any member of the existing pact to hold separate talks with parties outside the pact on seat allocation,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

He said a meeting among opposition parties was important to ensure straight fights with Barisan Nasional in the elections. “There must be agreement on these straight fights in all constituencies.”  

The DAP, in a statement yesterday, said it had ruled out the possibility of renewing its pact with the opposition grouping but was prepared to work out seats to ensure straight fights in all constituencies. 

Its secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock said the question of DAP returning to the group did not arise anymore but the party would co-operate with individual opposition parties to take on Barisan. 

“The general election is widely expected to be held this year. There has been increasing speculation that the Prime Minister may even dissolve Parliament before he retires on Oct 31. 

“In order to achieve the objective of ensuring one-to-one fights against Barisan, DAP has, in late October last year, written to Keadilan president Datin Seri Wan Azizah (Wan Ismail), who has responded (by stating) her party’s willingness to carry out seat negotiations,” he said. 

On Sunday, PAS acting president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party was prepared to renew its pact with DAP. 

He said the opposition front’s supreme council would meet at the end of the month to discuss the form of co-operation, adding that ties with DAP would probably centre on ensuring straight fights with the Barisan. 

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