Posted: 09 Feb 2012 12:00 AM PST
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Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) has announced it will contest in three parliamentary seats currently held by PKR in the coming general election.
In a statement issued today, PRM said its newly-elected president Dr Rohana Ariffin (left) had announced it would contest in Balik Pulau in Penang, and Selayang and Petaling Jaya Selatan in Selangor.
The three constituencies are represented by Yusmadi Yusof, William Leong and Hee Loy Sian respectively.
Unless PRM can resolve the matter with PKR, therefore, there will be a three-cornered fight among the two parties and BN in the next general election, which some expect to be held early next year.
It is understood that there is currently no deal between PRM and PKR. The latter is expected to issue a statement when its political bureau meets on Wednesday evening.
PRM was said to have merged with PKR precursor Parti Keadilan Nasional in 2003 after protracted discussions between leaders of the two parties.
A faction within PRM, however, claims a significant number of its members were against the merger, that it is still functioning as a political party, and is still recognised as a separate entity by the Registrar of Societies.
However, PKR leaders, including those formerly in the leadership of the leftist party founded in 1955 by independence fighter and one-time MP Ahmad Boestamam, have insisted that PRM no longer exists.
They pointed out that some of its leaders, such as former president Hassan Abdul Karim (right) and secretary-general SK Song – who were among those who insisted on PRM's continued existence – had even contested the 2004 general election under the PKR banner.
They had also attended the first merged congress of PKR in 2005 held in Ipoh and witnessed the democratic process of the election to elect committee members.
In the statement today, PRM also announced its new line-up following party elections held over the weekend at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya Selatan.
Beside Rohana, the others elected to PRM's new leadership are Song (deputy president) and G Palaniandy, Tan Chin Hong and Koh Swee Yong as vice-presidents.
Al Jafree Md Yusop was elected secretary-general, and Mohd Yusuf Che Ya as treasurer.
Among those in attendance at the congress were PAS deputy president Mohammad Sabu, Kita's Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng, PKR's Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne and ex-PKR youth leader Badrul Hisham Shaharin.
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