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Stop bullying us over candidacy, DAP warned

IPOH: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) wants DAP to stop its bullying tactics over the Jelapang state seat issue.

PSM secretary-general S. Arutchelvan said the party had so far been magnanimous in regards to discussion on the seat.

"We are only asking for three seats on top of Jelapang, and had agreed to contest under PKR flag. As such, they (DAP) should stop bullying us," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming was quoted in Sin Chew Daily yesterday as warning PSM to expect a three-cornered fight for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat if PSM was adamant in fielding its candidate in Jelapang.

PSM's Dr Michael Jeyakumar, who contested under the PKR banner during the 2008 general election, won the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat.

Nga, who is former Taiping member of parliament and Pantai Remis assemblyman, was also quoted by the daily as condemning PKR for fielding former DAP member Bah Tony in the Chenderiang state seat.

He said DAP would not assist PKR to campaign in the seat if PKR insisted on fielding Tony.

Arutchelvan also said PSM had approached a non-governmental organisation as a last-ditch attempt to get DAP to the negotiating table over the Jelapang seat.

"We are tired of waiting for the DAP leadership to talk to us on the seat."

Asked what would happen if DAP continued to snub PSM, Arutchelvan said: "It is up to them if they want three-cornered fights."

State PKR vice-chairman Chang Lih Kang, when contacted, said Tony did not "jump" from DAP to PKR. "He resigned from the party,"

He also chided Nga for trying to interfere in PKR's candidates.

"It was never Pakatan Rakyat's policy to interfere on candidacy. We only negotiate on seats."

He noted that Perak PR had unanimously agreed that Tony would be an asset to the loose pact.




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