PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo says the party is neither afraid nor experiencing internal problems following a statement from PAS suggesting that such was the case.
“Let me be clear: We are not afraid,” the Puchong MP said.
He added that PAS’ claim that DAP was afraid to hold a fresh election for its central executive committee (CEC) was nonsensical as DAP had already held a re-election in September 2013.
“We do not have any internal problems and we are not afraid to hold re-elections. We have already held it once in 2013.
“So the question of being afraid does not arise,” Gobind told FMT.
He was responding to a statement by PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah saying that DAP should not be afraid to hold a re-election unless the party had internal issues.
Gobind, who is also DAP’s legal bureau chairman, reiterated that the party had not received a letter on the issue from the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
“How do we comply with directives if that directive is not communicated to us by the RoS?
“We cannot allow this to become a precedent, where the RoS can simply issue media statements and direct people to do things,” he said, adding that it was unprofessional and unethical of the RoS to do so.
“Once we receive that letter, we will ask for a meeting with the RoS and then decide what to do next.”
Earlier today, Gobind had hit out at the RoS’ decision to issue a public statement instructing DAP to hold fresh polls for its CEC and urged that an official letter be sent to the party instead.
He claimed that without an official letter, legally, the party would not be able to make any decisions.
The RoS ordered DAP to hold a re-election for its 20 CEC members following complaints by some party members of manipulation in the polls held in December 2012 as well as the RoS-ordered re-election held in September 2013.