RoS orders DAP to hold fresh election

ROS-DAPPETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has instructed DAP to hold a fresh election for its central executive committee (CEC).

This followed complaints made by DAP members who were dissatisfied with the party’s re-election, conducted on Sept 29, 2013.

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.

Speaking to FMT, DAP’s legal bureau chairman Gobind Singh Deo said the party would wait for official communication from the RoS.

“The CEC will then meet and decide what to do thereafter.

“There are various options available, but it’s best that we study the official letter of the RoS first,” he said, adding that he hoped the RoS would write to DAP soon and convey its decision.

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said DAP members did not know whether the party’s rocket logo could be used in GE14 since its current CEC was not recognised by the RoS.

“This is because DAP’s party elections are alleged to be gerrymandered and an undemocratic fix-up by Penang Official 1 (Lim Guan Eng) and his father (Lim Kit Siang) to perpetuate the family’s half-century-long dictatorship over DAP,” Tengku Sariffudin had said.

“In fact, DAP’s entire leadership is under threat and could be declared illegal for their alleged election manipulation.”

However, Gobind said suggestions that the party’s registration was at risk were erroneous as the matter had already been cleared in court in 2014.

He said the RoS had recognised that DAP’s CEC may carry out all its powers, functions and duties in accordance with DAP’s constitution.

Following this, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he did not see any effort to deregister DAP “or otherwise”, adding that he had discussed the matter with the RoS director-general and had not received a final decision on DAP’s appeal.

Zahid said he would meet with the Ros again the following week and expressed hope that it could provide a written report by then.

On Tuesday, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said he was ready to quit politics if it would help prevent DAP from being deregistered.