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S Arulchelvan expresses dismay over how his words have been taken out of context by an English-language daily. It appears that this daily is keen to pit political parties that are allies against each other over the appointment of councillors.

‘PSM impatient over PKR snub in Selangor’? I am quite disgusted by this piece of reporting by The Star.

A reporter called me on 25 August 2010 and asked if PSM had decided anything during the Central Committee meeting on the councillor’s position.

I said we did not discuss it and that we had written a letter to Anwar and Khalid seeking further discussion. I did not say anything more on this topic. At one point, I got irritated with the journalist who kept suggesting ideas as to what I should say and I said that we don’t want to play to the tune of the media and that there were more important things facing the nation which we addressed in the CC meeting.

The journalist wanted to know what sort of things were discussed.

Then I spoke about the labour amendments and the subsidy cuts.

The journalist then asked questions to that effect.

Finally, this piece of trash (below) appeared. I don’t know if it is the work of the journalist or the editor.

I normally don’t blast the media but this is getting a bit out of hand. The other day, a Star journalist by the name of Lee asked and suggested that the PSM field a candidate against Sivarasa because he does not speak Tamil and is (purportedly) not popular among the grassroots. That is why i am getting irritated with this kind of reporting.

S Arulchelvan is secretary general of Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

Saturday August 28, 2010 (Star)

PSM impatient over PKR snub in Selangor

PETALING JAYA: Parti Sosialis Malaysia is growing impatient over the continued snub by the PKR over the loss of PSM’s sole local council seat in Selangor last month.

PSM sources said they had been waiting close to a month to get an explanation for the PKR’s alleged unilateral decision to take the Petaling Jaya City Council seat.

PSM secretary-general S. Arutchelvan, when contacted, said the party had written to PKR leaders seeking a meeting .

“We have requested to meet the Selangor Mentri Besar (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) and PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,’’ he said.

Following a revamp of the 12 local councils in Selangor last month, a third of the 288 councillors were replaced.

The sole PSM representative V. Paneerselvam lost his seat to the PKR’s S. Kandiah in the reshuffle.

“We have yet to get an explanation although the mentri besar had said he would discuss the matter with us,’’ said Arutchelvan, adding that the issue was not discussed at the PSM central committee meeting here on Thursday.

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Instead of translating into reality the promise of a “revolution in the (country’s) political culture”, PKR has “rewarded” the rakyat with never-ending rumblings, rancour, political roguery and now a “rebellion” in Selangor, laments Martin Jalleh

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In their campaign speeches in Sibu, Pakatan’s “national leaders” mentioned too little about issues that had an immediate and obvious effect on the local people, notes Ngu Ik Tien. Corruption in Sarawak and problems like flooding and land titles, which are the current concerns of Sibu voters, were touched on superficially.

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Forces are at work to subvert the voters’ choice in the last general election while others are playing up emotive issues of race and religion for political ends, warns P Ramakrishnan

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The stage was set on 12 February 2010 for the dishonourable conduct of certain so-called Hon’ble Members of Parliament. That day marked the first PKR resignation – the MP for Bayan Baru – and sparked the dishonourable exit of two more traitors of the voters who supported the Pakatan Rakyat by electing these renegades. On 1 March 2010 the MP for Nibong Tebal, Tan Tee Beng, and two days later on 3 March, the MP for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, announced their resignations respectively.

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The Batang Ai by-election showed us that change will not come easily, especially in Sarawak and Sabah. Still, Batang Ai voters had the last laugh when they managed to squeeze out RM70 million from the BN during the campaign there, as DS observes.

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The sudden suspensions of Suara Keadilan and Harakah for the next three months are blatant violations of the principle of freedom of the press. What is disturbing is that the move denies Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas – two opposition political parties whose fortunes are on the rise – their fundamental democratic right to disseminate their ideologies and views to their membership and the wider public. These suspensions are clearly meant to frustrate these parties from reaching out to and influencing Malaysians of all walks of life.

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