GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has expressed readiness to meet Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to iron out matters on speculation that the DAP might be deregistered.
Stressing that the DAP should be allowed to contest in the next general election, Lim said he was open to meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister to clear the air over the issue.
Ahmad Zahid was reported as saying that he would be meeting the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) director-general Datuk Mohamed Razin Abdullah next week on the matter.
He said the RoS had received a letter from DAP requesting that leaders elected in its previous party polls be recognised as valid office bearers.
Ahmad Zahid had on Monday said the party’s fate depended on whether it had breached its constitution and regulations.
The issue surrounding the DAP and the RoS surfaced following a technical glitch which caused irregularities in the vote count during the party polls in 2012.
The technical glitch was rectified later but unhappy members filed complaints with the RoS, rendering the elected central executive committee be declared invalid.
Lim added that it was not that the DAP was making speculation about its future, instead claiming that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad had started the whole issue.
Lim was referring to Ahmad Zahid’s advice to the DAP not to make baseless speculation and accusing that Umno was trying to deregister DAP.