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Date: 03 Dec 1999
PRM needs complete overhaul.
Parti Rakyat Malaysia deputy president Abdul Razak Ahmad has called for a complete overhaul of the party and to reassess its political struggle following its defeat in the elections.
He said the party must "move away from its socialist image" to suit recent political changes and expectations.
"When I started as a politician, we talked about revolution and social order. The new generation is more well-off and comfortable. I think they do not like change," he said.
Razak offered no excuses for his dual loss in the Johor Baru parliamentary and Tanjung Puteri state seat and of that of his four colleagues.
Razak, who is also Johor PRM chief, said the party would continue being a political watchdog.
"Who else is going to do it if not the few of us? The state government should be more open and hear us out as we do get a sizeable number of votes," he said.
State PRM committee member S.K. Song said the party would prepare for the future by attracting younger members and opening more branches.