Another three-way fight in Jelapang likely

(The Star) – The Jelapang state seat may see a three-cornered fight in the coming general election.

In the 2008 election, the seat was contested by Barisan Nasional, and Pakatan Rakyat’s DAP and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

The winner was DAP’s Datuk Hee Yit Foong, who has since become a Barisan-friendly independent.

PSM deputy chairman M. Saraswathy said the party would maintain its quota of one parliamentary and three state seats for the coming general election. “Negotia-tions with Pakatan on seat allocations are going well,” she said.

On the party’s claim on Jelapang, Saraswathy said the party had been servicing the people there tirelessly since the last election.

”Even after Hee became an Independent in 2009, I continued with my service to the people,” she said.

”There was also a short interim period where there was no service centre by DAP as Hee had closed hers,” she added.

During the 2008 election, last minute negotiations between the DAP and PSM to avoid a three-cornered fight broke down, resulting in a free-for-all.