PRM denies trying to play spoiler role in election

(The Star) – Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) has dismissed allegations by Pakatan Rakyat parties that it is out to split votes in the general election.

PRM president Dr Rohana Ariffin said that contrary to the allegations, the left-wing party preferred to contest in one-on-one fights instead of three-cornered ones.

“For the past few months, we have been labelled as an agent of Barisan Nasional, out to split the votes and ruin the chances of other opposition parties.

“It is grossly unfair to label us as such as we are firmly in the Opposition camp and we are merely giving the rakyat more options in terms of representatives,” she said yesterday.

She added that PRM’s stand had always been consistent in going against any political monopoly, especially in the Opposition camp.

“We are steadfast against monopoly in politics as we believe smaller parties should be represented and have the right to contest in the election.

“It is easy to accuse us of being an agent (of Barisan) but an agent is supposed to get millions of ringgit but the reality is we have scarcely enough funds,” she said adding that PRM fought for political will and social democracy.

Dr Rohana conceded that the party had been attacked by other opposition parties ever since it announced its intention to contest three parliamentary seats – Balik Pulau, Selayang and Petaling Jaya Selatan.