Only DAP, PAS and PKR logos for now

(The Star) – Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the Opposition pact would only display the party logos of DAP, PAS and PKR.

“We cannot have logos of non-members but, at the same time, they are not ruled out.

“That’s why we have to negotiate and persuade them,” added the PKR adviser, rejecting the emblem of the white fist against a red background of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), which is seeking to be part of the Opposition pact.

PSM currently has two seats: the Kota Damansara state seat held by its president Nasir Hashim and the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat held by D. Michael Jeyakumar.

Both contested in the last elections as PKR candidates because PSM was not yet recognised as a registered entity at the time. Its application to be registered was only approved in June 2008.

Anwar said that if PSM wanted to join the Opposition pact, it should not be jostling for seats with DAP.

“They should not ask for more seats from DAP, as that has created a problem,” he said when launching the common opposition election manifesto at the 4th Pakatan Rakyat Convention here yesterday.

He added, however, he was hopeful the issue of PSM’s entry into the pact would be resolved “within the next three days”.

PSM submitted its application last September to join the other three parties in the pact but has yet to receive any feedback.

On the issue of the Opposition’s choice for the Prime Minister’s post, which PAS had reportedly said should not go to Anwar, he said: “The question does not arise now.”

PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, however, said the candidate for the post had been fixed.

He said an announcement on the matter would be made “at a more strategic time”.

“Let’s wait, there’s still time for that,” he said.