DAP appoints three leaders to talk with Keadilan

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  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003

SEREMBAN: The DAP will soon begin negotiations with Parti Keadilan Rakyat on seat allocation for the next general election, said secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock. 

He said the party’s central executive committee had recently appointed national publicity secretary Ronnie Liu, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and national Youth secretary Anthony Loke to lead the discussions. 

“We received a letter from (Keadilan vice-president) Azmin Ali on Feb 28 seeking consent to start negotiations for the allocation of seats.” 

“However, no such negotiations are expected to be held with PAS,” he told reporters before holding a dialogue on the general election with state DAP leaders and members at its headquarters here yesterday. 

Among those present were DAP life adviser Dr Chen Man Hin, national treasurer and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, state chairman Liew Jet Kim, Liu and Loke. 

Kerk said the DAP was still sceptical about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks that the general election would only be held after he retired in October, and that the party did not want to be caught off-guard.  

“We have directed all state leaders to get their machinery ready and gear up for elections. This is a very important battle as we want to send a clear message to the Government that Malaysia is a democratic and secular country. 

“We will work extra hard to gain the people’s confidence and trust,” he said, adding that problems within the MCA had given them a headstart. 

Kerk also urged the Election Commission to come up with a clear code of conduct for all political parties during the general election. 

Among others, he said, public functions such as organising lavish dinners for the people and making use of the mass media should be restricted. 

”I will bring up the matter with the commission chairman (Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman),” he said, adding that he would also iron out the delineation exercise in Malacca with him.  

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