KEPALA BATAS: The Barisan Nasional (BN) is not afraid to face anyone in the upcoming general election, says Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
In this regard, he said it was totally incorrect to think that the problem between the DAP and the Registrar of Societies (RoS) was a ploy by the BN to declare the party illegal.
“BN does not need to disqualify or deregister anyone in order to win. This has got nothing to do with the BN.”
“This is the problem that arose from the early election by the DAP. To say that this is an effort to disqualify the DAP because we don’t want to face the party is a misperception,” he told reporters after officially opening the Kepala Batas Umno Delegates’ Conference, here today.
He said all parties must comply with the regulations and directives of the RoS and, in fact, Umno, although it was the ruling party, faced a similar situation and was declared illegal at one time.
“I feel we too do not want the DAP to be deregistered. We don’t indulge in such politics. If they are deregistered, then there will be sympathy for the DAP,” he said.
Last Friday, DAP national vice-president, Teresa Kok announced that the party was prepared to hold a re-election of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) but that it would do so “under protest”. She also said it would not affect the party’s efforts to take legal action against the RoS if necessary.
Khairy, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, said the DAP should respect the decision of the RoS and not turn it into a controversial issue.
He said the move by the DAP to call for fresh elections for the CEC “under protest” was unreasonable and appeared as though the party was disputing the RoS’ directive.
Last Monday, the DAP was reported to have received a letter from the RoS instructing the party to hold fresh elections for the CEC. The party was given 14 days to inform the RoS officially on its decision.