RoS action: Why now, asks Guan Eng

limguaneng-rosGEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) announcement that the party re-election held in 2013 was not valid is “a little weird”.

He added that the shock announcement would “definitely affect the party’s preparation for the next polls”.

“We feel a little weird (pelik sedikit), as we had gone through a re-election process in 2013. It has been four years now, why again now?

“We want an official letter which is likely to be delivered to us today… this is a serious matter and we are looking at this seriously.

“I want to hear from our CEC members… we have varying opinions but we are definitely shocked by the statement by RoS today,” he told reporters at the Majestic Theatre here today.

Lim said an emergency meeting of the central executive committee (CEC), the party’s highest leadership body, would convene tomorrow at the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm to discuss the matter.

He said a press conference would be held at 4.30pm right after the meeting to give the party’s official stand on the matter.

Lim added that DAP was waiting for an official letter from the RoS as it did not want to rely on the statement released today.

Earlier this evening, the RoS instructed DAP to hold a fresh election for its CEC after it found that DAP’s re-election, held on Sept 29, 2013, was not in accordance with the law.

This followed complaints made by DAP members who were dissatisfied with the party’s 2013 re-election.

In a statement today, RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said in light of these complaints, “RoS believes the appointment of the CEC members as well as the main position holders through that re-election, is illegal”.

“The re-election should be based on the list of delegates entitled to attend and vote for DAP’s CEC elections dated December 15, 2012, involving 2576 delegates from 865 branches,” he said.

He added that the RoS considers DAP a legitimate party and has no intentions to de-register it so far.