CEC re-election: Time to walk the talk, Tunku Aziz tells DAP leaders

 |Sep 22, 2017
Social activist Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim. – MO pic by Azrol Ali

PETALING JAYA: The much-talked about DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-election still has no date set and this has given the impression that the party is dragging its feet over the requirement set by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

In saying this, social activist Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim urged DAP to hold the re-election as soon as possible.

Tunku Abdul Aziz also challenged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who have “always represented themselves as great proponents of free and fair elections to show that they mean what they say” by opening themselves and the methods they employ in conducting the re-election to the “closest public scrutiny”.

“Are they what they portray themselves to be?” he asked at a press conference held at the Eastin Hotel here, today.

The former DAP national vice-chairman reprimanded the party for wasting time and coming up with excuses which he claimed were mere delay tactics.

“My challenge is a simple one. One that requires good faith and trust on their part in the interest of their members. Not in the interest of their leaders who want to cling to power,” he said.

“We have come to the end of the road. I don’t think anyone is prepared to ‘humour’ them any longer,” he added.

Tunku Abdul Aziz claimed that DAP leaders have been fighting tooth and nail to defy the RoS, which is a legally constituted authority, with the requirement for a new CEC election.

“The CEC election originally held in 2012 was clearly manipulated to produce an outcome favourable to the preservation of the father and son leadership of the party,” he said, referring to Kit Siang and his son, Guan Eng.

Tunku Abdul Aziz said DAP members were extremely upset, claiming they could “see very clearly that they were cheated of a clean and fair election”, citing examples of members who had lodged several complaints over the matter to the RoS.

“They (DAP leaders) have used every possible excuse to delay compliance for as long as they could. Now their time is up and the pressure is mounting; it is now or never or run the risk of the party continuing to be managed by a committee that has no legal and moral legitimacy to do so.”

Commenting further on DAP members’ concern, Tunku Abdul Aziz remarked that just a few days ago, three party members submitted a memorandum to the RoS demanding the publication in the local print media of eligible voters in the 2012 CEC election.

Deputy chairman of DAP Taman Ehsan, Klang branch, L Pannerselvam, deputy chairman of Taman Murni, Sepang branch, A Thirumalvalavan and former chairman of Bagan Luar, Penang branch, G Asoghan submitted the three memorandums urging DAP to display the list of names, identity card numbers and branches of the 2,576 delegates who were eligible to vote in the 2012 CEC.

The call was made in order to ensure that the re-election will be transparent.

Apart from that, Tunku Abdul Aziz said there is also the question of the appointment of an independent and respected firm of auditors to ensure the integrity of the election is not compromised, adding that the name of the firm should also be published.

“DAP members have every right to demand the publication of key information as an assurance that the forthcoming CEC election will be held in accordance with the conditions prescribed by the RoS. As one party member said, ‘once bitten, twice shy’ – an obvious reference to the 2012 affair.

“Given DAP’s record of controversial party elections, and in order to show that the party is open to close scrutiny, and it has nothing to hide, a team of independent observers should be appointed by the RoS to monitor the election process,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said. – MO

Farah Harith has been in the media industry since 2008. Her field of work has been predominantly centred on politics and human interest. She joined the industry to have a better grasp on the issues plaguing the masses.