KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has warned that DAP will not be able to contest in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) if it fails to abide by the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) directive to hold a fresh election for its central executive committee (CEC).
The home minister said he had found that DAP had a tendency to disregard instructions from the RoS made in accordance with the party’s constitution and the Societies Act 1996.
He added that the party would however not be deregistered in such a scenario.
“If they wish to contest, they need to follow RoS’ instructions,” he told reporters after officiating at Gombak Umno’s annual general meeting today.
Zahid said failure to do so would mean that a candidate who wishes to run in GE14 but was not on the initial delegates list during DAP’s election in 2012 would not be able to stand under the party’s banner.
He said RoS did not wish to interfere in DAP’s affairs and was doing what needed to be done according to the law.
“What I’m saying here and what RoS said in its statement must be understood by DAP,” he said.
“RoS had given enough time after the re-election in 2013 for them to have a re-election again while using the delegates list from 2012 but they didn’t,” he said.
Zahid also said he would not meddle in decisions made by RoS on the issue.
He called on the agency to be professional and to take action according to the party’s constitution and the Societies Act.
Yesterday, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced that DAP would not have the fresh election but would seek a meeting with RoS instead.
In a statement on Friday, RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said DAP needed to conduct a fresh election in light of complaints by DAP members dissatisfied with the party’s re-election on Sept 29, 2013.
“RoS believes the appointment of the CEC members as well as the main position holders through that re-election, is illegal,” he said.
“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 also said the RoS considered DAP to be a legitimate party and had no intentions to de-register it so far.
On April 17, 2013, the RoS had sent a letter to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, stating that it did not recognise DAP’s CEC which had been elected during the party election the year before.
However, the RoS issued another letter on April 19 stating that the party would be allowed to use its rocket symbol in GE13.
On Jan 22, 2014, Lim filed a judicial review application on behalf of the party, saying the RoS had no power under the Societies Act 1966 to refuse the recognition of the CEC which was re-elected on Sept 29, 2013.
DAP decided to drop the application on Sept 23, 2014, following the RoS’ recognition of the re-elected CEC and its stand that statements on the matter were merely advice and not legally binding.