Thursday, March 18, 2010

PSM offers closer cooperation with Pakatan

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) may consider joining the opposition coalition if it agrees to the party's manifesto.

spr approve psm logo 290409 s arutchelvanPSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan (right) said, "We will support the Pakatan Rakyat in both the state assembly and parliament.

However, if the coalition puts forward motions which are against the principles of PSM, "we will oppose strongly," he said while talking to reporters after the annual asset declaration ceremony today at Chinese Assembly Hall.

He added that although currently cooperation with the Pakatan Rakyat is minimal, PSM may join forces with the former in future if it is willing to struggle for free higher education and fight against the privatisation of hospitals.

Having said that, he reaffirmed the party's support for Pakatan in issues such as Good and Services Tax (GST), local government elections and the abolishment of Internal Security Act. (ISA).

Kota Damansara state assembyman Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim, Sungai Siput parliamentarian Dr Michael D Jeyakumar, Shah Alam city councillor A Sivarajan and Petaling Jaya city councillor V Panneerselvam were also present at the event.

Asset Declaration

Dr Mohd Nasir, who is also the party chairperson declared a total of RM40,000 in fixed assets, RM6,000 in savings and a monthly income of RM12,312.79 from pension and state assemblyperson's monthly remuneration.

The Sungai Siput parliamentarian disclosed RM132,000 in fixed assets, RM28,000 in savings and shares and monthly income of RM12,950.

Party's secretary-general Arutchelvan, however, declared RM77,500 in total assets, RM9,186.78 in savings and fixed deposit and RM3,750 as monthly income.

"As you can see, we have nothing much in terms of assets or savings. So, people should change their perception that politicians are rich," said Dr Jeyakumar.

He added that only politicians under the ruling party could accumulate wealth as they are awarded contracts and other extra 'incentives'.

Both Dr Jeyakumar and Dr Nasir also submitted a report card each on the annual performance of the party in their respective constituencies.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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