Malaysia: Socialists hold ninth congress

From June 1-3 in Port Dickson, the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) held its ninth congress. It was the party's largest so far. The PSM's plans for the coming year include trying to win at least one seat in the coming election, holding a public forum on Venezuela, redesigning the party's website, producing more socialist booklets and holding a national forum on 50 years of Malaysian independence and left politics. The party also resolved to hold an international conference in 2008. A resolution adopted by the conference condemned authorities' refusal to nationally register the PSM as a party as an anti-socialist "political conspiracy". Solidarity messages were received from a range of socialist organisations, including Australia's Democratic Socialist Perspective.