DAP's Anthony Loke queried Najib as to how he obtained the information that 753 delegates were not told of the DAP election last year.
“The number that he mentioned are those who are qualified to attend but chose not to do so due to personal reasons. Did the Registrar of Societies (RoS) provide him the number or did he believe allegations made by Umno’s cybertroopers?
“In this scenario, would the ROS instruct Umno to call for a re-election if all of Umno’s delegates did not attend Umno’s polls in October?” Loke who is also Seremban MP said during a press conference held at the party headquarters this morning.
On Friday, Najib said DAP had no credibility as it claimed to practice democracy but are afraid to do so within its own party.
He said the DAP had failed to notify the 753 members of its Central Executive Committee (CEC), of the election which was held last year.
“This is not about a small number or big number. The question is, why does a party like DAP which claims to practice democracy and principle of law, abuse its powers.
“However, when it comes to their own election, they (DAP) have allegedly failed to follow the proper procedure,” Najib told the media during a function at a Felda settlement in Kedah.
The party, since its CEC election on Dec 15, had seen critics picking on the validity of the CEC when errors were found on the results in the Excel sheets.
During the press conference today, Loke also said Najib’s statement was proof that “there is a political ploy from the highest hierarchy in the ROS and Umno to destroy the DAP.”
Article 8(6) states that the party secretary-general must send written notification to all branch secretaries notifying them of the DAP congress date, 10 weeks ahead while Article 8(9) provides that the party secretary-general must inform all branches to send party delegates 10 days before the party’s national congress or seven days before the party’s special congress.
He also revealed that ROS had only questioned the four branches which had lodged complaints.
The four are Taman Sri Sungai Pelek, Sungai Pelek in Selangor, Taman Nesa Skudai in Johor, Desa Dariang in Seremban and Ladang Paroi Paroi in Negeri Sembilan.
Of the four, Loke said only Taman Sri Sungai Pelek branch had no knowledge of the party congress and CEC election.
“This is because the branch address which we had was that of the former DAP branch chairman Tan Tuan Tat’s address. The committee there did not give us the new address.
“It is possible that Tan did not inform his former branch members,” said Loke.
As for the other branches, it had send delegates to the party congress last year.
To prove that DAP was telling the truth, Loke also showed the letters signed by 700 delegates who did not attend the congress due to personal reasons.
“We have also evidence in the form of stamp purchases and receipts amounting to RM2,280,” he added.
Loke also dared Najib to instruct ROS to probe the DAP but he doubt Najib would do so.
Why isn’t the database updated?
Meanwhile, when contacted, Tuan Tat slammed Loke for giving a non-reasonable statement.
According to the former branch chairman, he left the party on Aug 16, 2012 and the DAP party polls were held in December 2012.
He questioned the DAP central committee as to why there had not been an update on their database when a branch chairman leaves the party.
“It is the duty of the party to update their database and inform the delegates appropriately,” said Tuan Tat.
He further questioned if Loke was trying to purposely defame him. He stated that he left the party after losing confidence on the party leadership.