GEORGE TOWN: DAP should stop pointing fingers at one another and just conduct a fresh poll for its Central Executive Committee (CEC) before the upcoming general election (GE14).
People’s Alternative Party (PAP) vice president Rahmad Ishak said since the DAP’s current CEC is not recognised, according to the Societies Act 1966, the party should hold a fresh election to ensure their candidates are eligible to contest in GE14 or run the risk of having to contest under the banner of one of their Pakatan Harapan allies.
Rahmad admittedly said that while many had doubted the directive issued by RoS to the DAP especially the duration of four years it took to come up with a simple finding and order, the DAP too did not seem to take any proactive steps or corrective measures within the party.
“If they have anyone to blame it is themselves. Whatever they (party leaders) did only caused trouble to their own members and not others.
“If the DAP is a party that is serious and professional in preserving the good name of the party and the interest of its members, they should have obtained a court order to force a prompt response from RoS, not by continuously violating and belittling the Societies Act 1966 and by abusing the party’s constitution since not a single post is recognised,” Rahmad said in a press statement, here, today.
He added that the DAP should have just been thankful that it was not banned even though RoS had the authority to deregister them.
Rahmad claimed that the legitimacy of all the DAP candidates who contested in the Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan by-elections including the Sarawak state elections of which the DAP contested in 31 state seats were questionable, as the DAP fielded candidates that were not recognised.
“If this is relevant from a legal point of view, until DAP holds a fresh (CEC) election and is recognised by the RoS, this means the current Penang state government is headed by an Independent government made up of 19 Independent state representatives,” Rahmad further claimed.
Based on complaints made by DAP members who were unhappy over the reelection held in 2013, RoS recently issued a statement that the party’s CEC members as well as those holding the main positions in the party are invalid.
RoS director-general Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah clarified that DAP is legal, however said a directive will be issued to them to hold a fresh election for its CEC. – MO