Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM): A minnow at the moment…

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM, Socialist Party of Malaysia), is a socialist political party in Malaysia and an offshoot of Parti Rakyat Malaysia, which originally upheld the same ideology. In its first ten years following its founding in 1998, the party was denied registration as a political party by the Federal Government of Malaysia. The original reason given was that PSM is a threat to national security. However, the Home Ministry gave them the green light in June 2008.


GE 12 and GE 13

PSM currently has 1 MP.
P062 – Sungai SiputMichael Jeyakumar Devaraj

26 July 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Following Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) announcement of its intention to contest the Sri Muda state seat in Selangor, another possible three-cornered fight is brewing — this time for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat in Perak.

PSM central committee member Dr Michael Jeyakumar (pic), who is Sungai Siput MP, expressed discontent over Pakatan Harapan’s insistence on maintaining PKR’s banner for the parliamentary seat in the next general election.

Dr Jeyakumar has contested the seat four times since the 1999 general election — under the DAP banner in 1999 and under PKR in 2004, 2008, 2013.

He won the seat in 2008 and 2013.

“If I don’t stand under PKR’s ticket, they will put up someone else from Pakatan Harapan and that’s the understanding given so far,” he said when contacted.

According to Dr Jeyakumar, the previous agreement with Opposition de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was that following the 2013 election, PSM would be allowed to contest the seat under its own banner.

“In 2013, Anwar told us to stand under PKR’s logo and after that, we can stand on our own. That’s why we agreed to do so at the time,”  he said.

On whether he was now prepared to lock horns with Pakatan Harapan, the Sungai Siput MP said that it looked like the only option.

“We have no choice right? I’m the incumbent and if they still insist on putting up a candidate, then what else can we do?

“The only choice we have is political suicide because basically, what Pakatan Harapan is telling us is to not stand in the coming polls as a party.”


Don’t give BN an easy win, says PSM’s Jeyakumar


PSM central committee member Dr Michael Jeyakumar says the first battle is to make GE14 tough for Barisan Nasional to win.

KUALA LUMPUR: PSM central committee member Dr Michael Jeyakumar has urged “disillusioned” young voters not to give Barisan Nasional (BN) an easy win in the next general election (GE14) by refusing to vote.

This came after a member of the audience at a forum entitled “Mahathir, agent of change or agent of destruction?” at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here, who claimed to be from Selangor, said it was unlikely that he would vote in GE14.

Addressing the comment, Jeyakumar advised against this, saying it was important to at least try to deny BN a two-thirds majority at this juncture.

“Don’t give them a walkover. Even after denying them Selangor, they can steal so much from the people,” he said.

“For the short term, at least, don’t give BN supreme control.”

Jeyakumar added however that in the long term he doubted that Pakatan Harapan (PH) would be able to bring about the reforms it had first set out to do, especially after former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was named its chairman.

For this reason, he called on Malaysians to quickly form a third force after GE14.

PSM’s Arul on joining Pakatan Rakyat & convincing PAS to accept socialism 



We’re not begging to join Pakatan, says PSM chief



INTERVIEW Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S Arutchelvan said that his party is not “kneeling” to join Pakatan Rakyat despite having applied to be a member of the opposition coalition before last month’s general election.

When asked to comment on the perception that PSM appears to be eager to join Pakatan but the same enthusiasm seems lacking from the federal opposition, Arutchelvan said:

“We have been around since 1998, Pakatan only existed after the 2008 elections. However every congress we have had post-2008, our members wanted us to join Pakatan,” he said during an interview with Malaysiakini on Wednesday.

He added there were many Pakatan leaders who had asked PSM to join Pakatan as they were fighting for the same cause – to oust BN from Putrajaya.

“The question that was raised by Pakatan grassroots was whether PSM was too arrogant, if we were sincere to the cause because we are not officially part of the pact.

“The people wanted to see a formidable team take on BN in the GE. We had asked Pakatan to evaluate all these points in our application letter. We are still fine with joining the pact or just maintaining political cooperation.

“But we are not kneeling down to join Pakatan. We have enough principles on our own,” he added.

We’re not begging to join Pakatan, says PSM chief



PSM wants Pakatan to respond in black-and-white


Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is seeking an official written response from Pakatan Rakyat on its application to join the coalition, following “contradictory” statements made by members of the Pakatan leadership.

Commenting on a statement made by DAP chairperson Karpal Singh yesterday, PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan said an official response would clear the air and prevent further confusion.

“It has been a while (since the PSM application was made) and we hope (Pakatan) can send us a written response on the status of our application.

“We are confused by the seemingly contradictory decisions…We also want to make sure the people are not confused,” Arutchelvan is reported as saying by Sinar Harian Online.

If an official response is given, he said, the matter can then be discussed by PSM members at their forthcoming congress.

“For now, our decision is to join (Pakatan). But we will discuss the matter again, once we receive an official letter,” he said.

PSM’s relationship with several Pakatan leaders were strained during the 13th general election, especially in constituencies where PSM-backed candidates contested against Pakatan candidates.

Arutchelvan was in a three-cornered fight against BN and a PKR candidate in Semenyih state seat, while PSM chairperson Nasir Hashim faced BN and PAS in the Kota Damansara state seat.

Arutchelvan contested on the PSM ticket while Nasir contested on the PKR ticket.

Kota Damansara PAS candidate Ridzual Ismail refused to back down, resulting in a split in opposition votes and a victory for the BN. BN also won in Semenyih.

PSM wants Pakatan to respond in black-and-white




S. Ambiga sits with Saras, PSM canddidate for Buntong.


On the left is Saras, the PSM candidate for Buntong. Next is S. Ambiga. On the right is Ms K.S. Bavani, known as ‘Little Ambiga’, the girl made famous by her defiance of ‘Kak Listen’. Remember the ‘Listen! Listen! Listen!’ incident?


Ambiga and Little Ambiga

On the left is Saras, the PSM candidate for Buntong. Next is S. Ambiga. On the right is Ms K.S. Bavani, known as ‘Little Ambiga’, the girl made famous by her defiance of ‘Kak Listen’. Remember the ‘Listen! Listen! Listen!’ incident?


Malaysian Insider

Karpal lauds PSM’s application to join Pakatan

June 08, 2013

GEORGE TOWN, June 8 — The Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) application to join the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, should be considered favourably, said DAP chairman Karpal Singh.

He said as far as possible there should be a two-party system in the country and that could be achieved by PSM joining the Pakatan Rakyat.

“For Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar to contest under the PKR ticket (in the recent general election) really showed that PSM regards PKR as its ally,” he told a press conference here today.

Karpal lauds PSM’s application to join Pakatan



Karpal surprised by `decision’ to reject PSM’s application

GEORGE TOWN (June 8, 2013): DAP national chairman Karpal Singh is surprised by reports that Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)’s application to join the national opposition pact has been rejected.

The Bukit Gelugor MP said Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had not made any official announcement over the matter.

He said the application should be considered positively, pointing out that PSM parliamentary leader Dr Michael D. Jeyakumar had contested under a PKR ticket in the last election.

“This shows that PSM regards PKR as its ally,” the veteran lawmaker said in a press conference today adding that a two-party system can be created with PSM joining the pact.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saiffudin Nasution reportedly said the PR leadership had rejected the application but failed to give a reason.

Karpal also urged the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to expedite investigations into alleged irregularities of DAP’s central executive committee (CEC) elections last year.

He said the party had cooperated with the ROS and had handed over all documents requested by the body.

“The matter should not be prolonged any longer,” he said and expressed his hope that the issue could be done with before Parliament convenes on June 24.

Karpal surprised by `decision’ to reject PSM’s application



Published: Friday June 7, 2013 MYT 8:57:00 AM
Updated: Friday June 7, 2013 MYT 12:06:22 PM

PSM fails in its bid to get into Pakatan


PETALING JAYA: Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s application to join opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat has been shot down by the component parties.

According to PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, PAS, PKR and DAP had met before the general election to discuss PSM’s application.

“We discussed it before elections, the decision was negative,” he told The Star Online when contacted.

When asked for the reasoning behind the decision, he declined to comment.

He added that “he supposed” the small party had been informed of the decision by someone from the Pakatan secretariat.

However, when contacted earlier, PSM’s parliamentary leader Dr Michael D Jeyakumar said no-one from the party had been updated regarding the application status.

“We assume from their silence we weren’t accepted, but we haven’t heard anything official.”

PSM formally applied to join Pakatan Rakyat in September 2012.…


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