Kayveas: We want seats lost by BN parties

The PPP chief also warns Gerakan and MIC of a backlash if they attempt to sabotage his party’s chances as he claims they did in 2008.

Humayun Kabir, FMT

TAIPING: The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wants to field its winnable candidates in areas that other BN component parties lost in the 2008 general election.

Party chief M Kayveas said: “We want to contest in BN areas that were lost to the opposition in the last general election as our chances of winning these seats are bright.”

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s said he wants winnable candidates liked by voters and has warned component parties that there was no guarantee they will get the traditional seats.

PPP has been assured of a two parliamentary and two state seats but it has proposed another two parliamentary seats and four other state seats for Najib’s consideration.

Kayveas said this to FMT after a recent visit to his Taiping PPP office but declined to name the seats as he fears possible sabotage by other BN component parties.

He claimed that Gerakan and MIC had stabbed him in the back when he stood in the Taiping parliamentary seat in the 2008, causing him to lose the seat to DAP’s Nga Kor Ming.

Kayveas warned them of a backlash if they again tried to sabotage PPP’s chances in the polls as PPP has a membership of 600,000 in the 3,000 its branches nationwide.

PPP was badly mauled when it lost both the parliamentary and state seats allocated to it in the last general election.

To strengthen its chances in the polls, PPP has launched the ‘Mission 510′ voters which requires each branch recruiting 510 people as assured voters for BN.

More seats sought

Meanwhile, party insiders say that PPP wants the parliamentary seats of Gerik in Perak, Batu or Bandar Tun Razak, both in the Federal Territories.

The party is also eyeing the Pasir Bedamar state seat in Perak and Kota Laksamana in Malacca. PPP has appealed to Najib for more seats in Pahang, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.