Thursday, November 5, 2009

Parti Rakyat on road to expansion (Malay Mail)

Parti Rakyat on road to expansion

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 05:44:00

Parti Rakyat

EXPANDING: Hassan speaking at the opening of the PRM Sungai Petani branch. The others are (from left) Koh, Sungai Petani branch chairman Lim Pok Long, Teh Soon Ming and Workers' Organisation chairman Thiagaraja

PARTI Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) is on the move. Established in 1955, PRM has begun to become more active in the political arena and is moving to rebuild its ties with the grassroots, its president Hassan Karim said.

“We will begin to play a wider role, now that the court has legitimised our position,” Hasan said of the July 16 High Court decision that PRM remained a legitimate entity under the Societies Act.

That was the day the High Court sitting at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur ruled against PRM’s dissolution, sought by eight former members of the party who were key players in its merger with Parti Keadilan, which since the merger has become Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Hassan said there was little opportunity for PRM to work with the Barisan Nasional as the BN considered PRM's socialist stance as completely alien.

However, the party was willing to work with Pakatan Rakyat and all other organisations legitimately struggling for the welfare and rights of the people, he said at the opening of PRM's Sungai Petani branch in Kedah last Sunday.

Hassan also said PRM has received feelers from Pakatan to join the coalition. This, he said, would be discussed at PRM’s 42nd National Congress, which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in KL on Nov 15.

He added the next area of PRM’s expansion in the country would be Johor and that in the years to come, the party would also expand to Sabah and Sarawak.

Also speaking during the launch, PRM secretary-general Koh Swe Yong said the party was in the process of re-registering its members and revamping the party structure and organisation, as the current leadership has not received any party documents from those behind the move to dissolve it. - Malay Mail, 5/11/2009, Parti Rakyat on road to expansion

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