DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today warned party members to come up with contingency plans ahead of the 14th general election should the usage of the party logo be banned.
Claiming such a thing could happen, Lim also warned party members of possible party deregistration and revealed the party’s contingency plan which he said was also employed during the 13th general election.
The warning was issued through his speech which the Gelang Patah MP also shared on his blog, in which Lim claimed there was a possibility for the “Umno/BN government to use such an ultimately dirty tactic against the DAP”.
“There can be various responses. One response is for the DAP candidates to use the Pakatan Harapan logo, if the logo could be registered in time for use in the 14th General Election.
“Alternatively, the DAP candidates could borrow and use the logo of one of the Pakatan Harapan parties as the DAP was prepared to do under a similar threat in the 13th General Election,” his statement read.
Another possibility, he said, was for DAP parliamentary and state assembly candidates to contest as Independent candidates.
“Although this will be quite confusing, with DAP Independents contesting in a sea of different independent electoral symbols in the country, I do not think the problems are insuperable in an information era,” said Lim.
Lim’s reaction came about following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad’s statement on Saturday saying that the DAP did not know if it would be allowed to use its party logo in the upcoming general election as the validity of its central executive committee was not recognised by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
Lim said he would be touring the country to seek public feedback on the matter and to gather ground responses on another matter of which whether party Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng should resign as Penang Chief Minister and whether he (Kit Siang) should retire from Malaysian politics.