Better for DAP not to hold re-election, says analyst


PETALING JAYA: A political analyst has advised DAP to explore all possible options before going ahead with a fresh election for its central executive committee (CEC).

This comes after the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) instruction for DAP to hold a fresh election for its CEC, having decided that DAP’s earlier re-election, held on Sept 29, 2013, was not in accordance with the law.

Speaking to FMT, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia associate professor Faisal S Hazis said there were many reasons why it would be better for DAP not to hold a re-election.

“Holding a re-election would mean that DAP has succumbed to RoS’ pressure and also make it seem as though the party is indirectly admitting that what the RoS says is true,” he said.

He also pointed out that holding a party election so close to a general election was not common practice for any political party.

“You would be engrossed with party politics whereas the focus should be defending your seats.

“It’s the common practice of all political parties to suspend party elections when the general election is near because you want to avoid schisms and factionalism in the party going into the next elections.”

However, he conceded that if the RoS were to issue an ultimatum then DAP would not be left with much choice.

“If refusing to carry on with the re-election means there’s a possibility that the party will be de-registered, then they’ll have to consider it.”

Faisal also questioned the timing at which RoS chose to make its announcement.

“It calls into question the integrity and independence of the RoS. It’s unfortunate that the timing of the decision is being seen as though RoS is clipping DAP’s wings.”

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

In a statement yesterday, RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said the agency had to act in light of such 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 Dec 15, 2012, involving 2,576 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.