KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--I prefer to say Rafizi does not know the facts rather that he is lying. He should perhaps check with Wan Azizah the former President as well current President Anwar Ibrahim and YB Tian Chua who was present during these seat negotiations.
For the fact, PSM stood in the first election in Sungai Siput in 1999. At the time PSM was not yet registered and we got registered only in 2008 after the 2008 election. The term used then was "pinjam" (borrow) logo because PSM was not registered.
Therefore, In 2004, we went into negotiation with PKR and asked for a pinjam logo in 4 places. In Sungai Siput and Jalong, we stood using PKR logo while DAP also stood.
In 2008, Dr. Nasir (Kota damansara) and Dr Jeyakumar(Sd Siput) both won using the PKR logo while PSM was still not registered. There was clear correspondence on all this and people like Sivarasa do know about these arrangements and the pinjam logo.
In the 2013 election, Anwar Ibrahim requested PSM to use PKR logo. The negotiation took place in the presence of YB Sivarasa and Xavier Jayakumar. We agreed and used the PKR logo but PAS who was a Pakatan rakyat component stood against Dr Nasir and Dr Nasir lost, BN won.
In the last election of 2018, yes we stood under the PSM logo after negotiation failed. So Rafizi, I hope you check facts and please don’t give an impression for every issue under the sun, you have all the answers. Besides that, when PSM stood first in Sungai Siput in 2004, there was no PKR official office then.
All these are facts. Saying we lost to PKR in the last election 2018 is a fact and we acknowledge that. Similarly. Please acknowledge the historical truth as well.
*S.Arutchelvan is the Deputy Chairperson of PSM.*