Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) will hold its 36th national congress this weekend. Its president Dr Syed Husin Ali speaks to malaysiakini about the party's role in the post-Mahathir era and how the soon-to-be-merged Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will position itself to become the leading opposition force in the country.
Malaysiakini: In view of the impending merger with Keadilan, this may be PRM's last congress. What would be the main focus of the meeting? Please state the issues.
Syed Husin: This may not be the last congress after all, depending on when the Registrar of Societies' approval (for the merger) will be obtained and how positively the new party develops into an integrated and united entity at all levels.
I shall be dealing with the issues focused for this year's congress in my policy speech. So I do not wish to preempt it. But they will be related to the post-Mahathir political and economic scenario, building of Parti Keadilan Rakyat as the leading force in the opposition movement to effectively meet future challenges and strengthening the opposition movement to ensure better performance in the forthcoming elections.