Parties agree on polls strategy


  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Jul 2003

BY SIRA HABIBU

PENANG: Opposition parties have in principle agreed to go on a “one-on-one” fight against the Barisan Nasional to deny the ruling coalition a “free run” in the upcoming general election. 

At a meeting which ended at 2am on Saturday, officials from Parti Keadilan Nasional and DAP agreed that the “one-on-one” strategy should be upheld to avoid vote splits in multi-pronged fights. 

The DAP was represented by national publicity secretary Ronnie Liu, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, and national Youth secretary Anthony Loke; and Keadilan by vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar, information chief Khalid Jaafar and Youth vice-chief Low Chee Chong. 

Keadilan supreme council member Cheah Kah Peng said: “We certainly do not want to let Barisan have a free run in the election. 

“That is why we are uniting to avoid overlapping of seats,” he said when asked to comment on the progress of the series of meetings between the two parties. 

“The next meeting on July 21 will involve state-level leaders,” he said, adding the seat allocations could then be discussed based on the strategies employed by the respective parties for different states. 

He said Penang would also be Keadilan's front-line state, referring to a recent statement by state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow that the DAP would contest more than 17 seats in Penang which it considered its front-line state. 

Cheah, however, acknowledged that Penang was a difficult state for a new party to make inroads because of the “entrenched” parties, like the MCA, Gerakan and DAP.  

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