Door open to negotiations with PSM over seats, says Sivarasa

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  • Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: PKR's Subang MP R. Sivarasa (pic) says the possibility of negotiations between his party and Parti Sosialis Malaysia over seats to contest in the coming GE14 remains open.

This follows PSM's naming of 17 candidates for five parliamentary and 12 state seats at the launch of its manifesto on Saturday (Feb 10).

PSM has said that it went ahead with the unilateral naming of candidates after it was not given any consideration during Pakatan Harapan seat negotiations.

"I think we should reach out to them," said Sivarasa when contacted.

"PSM is free to contest where it likes. However, given the workings of our electoral system, it's best to avoid three-cornered or four-cornered fights which will split the vote against Barisan Nasional," he said.

While the impact of PSM candidates in some of the seats may not be large, the party's incumbent Sungai Siput MP Dr. Michael Jeyakumar will be going for his third term as a parliamentarian.

Other party heavyweights such as chairman Dr Nasir Hashim and S. Arutchelvan can also be expected to draw enough votes to make a difference in the event of a three-way contest.

"I can't speak for Pakatan Harapan as a whole, of course, but PKR remains willing to discuss the seats," said Sivarasa.

"I think it's best we sit down and discuss this and see if the path remains open to an amicable solution," he said.
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