PSM’s Arul to step down in 2015

Meena Lakshana,

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S Arutchelvan said today he will step down in 2015 in order to pave the way for young people to lead the party.

“I have already decided 2015 will be my end term. I am open to people taking over,” he said after PSM’s 15th Annual Congress here.
He said based on previous discussions within the party in 2008, the leadership had proposed a two-term limit spanning four years for office bearers.
“But the members had insisted that office bearers hold their position for five terms, or 10 years,” he added.
Arutchelvan has served as the party’s secretary-general since 1998.
At the congress this year, he was elected without contest due to the withdrawal of other candidates.
Arutchelvan said the party hopes to cultivate future leaders among its youth wing, helmed by 28 year-old KS Bawani, which is in need of members.
“We are giving her two years to build the youth wing,” he said, pointing out that she would not be able to be nominated for the position once she turns 30-years old.