Hornbill Unleashed

July 8, 2017

DAP top leaders to meet tomorrow after RoS orders re-election

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

DAP’s Anthony Loke said the current members of the CEC will evaluate the order by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) earlier today, before making a decision. — Picture by Choo Choy MayOrdered to hold fresh elections for its central executive committee (CEC), DAP’s senior leaders will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss its next move.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said the current members of the CEC will evaluate the order by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) earlier today, before making a decision.

“We will have an emergency meeting tomorrow afternoon and we will discuss what is our next course of action.

“We have to study the whole statement and then we discuss at CEC meeting tomorrow and then we will decide what to do,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

The RoS had rejected the DAP’s two previous CEC elections, both the original polls held on December 15, 2012 and a re-election 10 months later on September 29, 2013.

Both DAP publicity chief Tony Pua and legal bureau chief Gobind Singh Deo told Malay Mail Online that the party will wait for formal communication from the RoS so they could study the letter, as they believed the party still has other options it could take.

“So I hope the RoS will write to us soon to convey its decision to us,” Gobind added.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang had only one word to say when contacted by Malay Mail Online: “Ridiculous”.

DAP vice-chair Teresa Kok said the RoS announcement today amounted to “bullying” by the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN), led by Umno, which she claimed was out “to create trouble for DAP”.

“For me, I see this as BN’s way to make us busy with our own internal election, divert our attention from national politics,” she said.

“We are asked to do party election again, four years after the re-election of CEC in 2013, and we are asked to use the delegate list in 2012.

“Some of these delegates are no more with the party and some have become inactive and some might have changed address,” the Seputeh MP told Malay Mail Online, adding that it takes months to prepare for party polls.

The RoS had today said the fresh party polls should be based on the name list of DAP delegates who were eligible to vote in 2012, namely 2,576 delegates from 865 branches.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was reported to have expressed shock over the RoS order for fresh polls four years after the party held a re-election of its CEC.

“Of course it will affect the party’s preparations in the face of the GE, but I do not want to comment further as I need to take a look at the official letter from the RoS and get the view of the CEC before making any comment,” national news agency Bernama quoted Guan Eng, who is also Penang chief minister, saying after officiating at the the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2017 in George Town today.

The 14th general elections is due by August 2018 but speculation is that it will be held earlier.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by IDA LIM


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