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PSM merely a passenger in Pakatan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Sept 2008: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) could be described as a "mere passenger" in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition, said PSM chairman Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim.

This is despite the party’s candidates winning one parliamentary and one state seat in the general election in March on the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket.

Mohd Nasir said the party, which was recently registered, was never consulted on most issues and had no idea whether the opposition coalition would be able to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government come Sept 16, as claimed by PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"We know nothing about defections. Our cooperation with Pakatan Rakyat is more on the surface as we share similar ideals. If we are invited to be part of the Pakatan family, it is something that PSM’s National Council will have to decide after considering the pros and cons," he told a press conference here today.

Mohd Nasir, who is also state assemblyperson for Kota Damansara, however, said PSM would never join the BN and was adopting a wait-and-see attitude on political developments in the country.

After waiting for 10 years, PSM on 19 Aug 2008 finally received the approval of the Registrar of Societies to be registered as a political party. – Bernama

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