Guan Eng slams RoS over 'newspaper notice' for DAP polls
DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng accuses Registrar of Societies of being used as s political tool, with clause requiring party to advertise CEC re-election in papers.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng said the requirement by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for DAP to put up a notice in the newspapers on the partyâs Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-election was ridiculous.
The DAP secretary-general was referring to one of the six conditions set by RoS, which stated that the party must publish a notification on the CEC re-election at least 14 days prior to the polling date, in one English, Chinese and Tamil newspaper, respectively. There was no requirement for a notice to be published in any Bahasa Malaysia newspaper.
The three-page letter from the RoS and addressed to Lim, referred to the discussions between the agency, Lim and two representatives from independent auditors Grant Thornton on Aug 21.
âFor a political party to advertise or give any notification in newspapers is ridiculous.
âThe RoS is weaponised now as a political instrument against opposition parties like DAP,â Lim told reporters at the DAP headquarters today.
DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke said that this is the first time in Malaysian political history that a political party has been asked to publish a notice in the newspapers.
âThey have asked us to put the notice in the newspaper, DAP is the first political party asked to do this.
âThis is unprecedented in the history of Malaysian political parties,â Loke said.
On Saturday, the RoS said it had agreed to the appointment of US-based independent audit firm Grant Thornton to conduct the partyâs re-election of its CEC on Nov 12.
The dispute over DAPâs 2012 party elections was revived in July three years after the matter was thought to have been settled between the party and RoS.
On July 7, the RoS issued a statement saying it had instructed DAP to hold a fresh election for its CEC, having decided that DAPâs earlier re-election, held on Sept 29, 2013, was not in accordance with the law.
âRoS believes the appointment of the CEC members as well as the main position holders through that re-election, is illegal.
âThe re-election should be based on the list of delegates entitled to attend and vote for DAPâs CEC elections dated Dec 15, 2012, involving 2,576 delegates from 865 branches,â RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said in the statement.
The whole issue with the the dispute over DAPâs last party elections started more than four years ago, less than three weeks before the 13th general election (GE13), which was held on May 5, 2013.
On April 17, 2013, the RoS had sent a letter to DAP se cretary-general Lim Guan Eng stating that it did not recognise DAPâs CEC which had been elected during the party elections the year before.
Then RoS director-general, Abdul Rahman Othman, said the non-recognition was due to the alleged dispute surrounding the party polls.
âUntil the disputed matters are resolved, the ROS under Section 3A of the Societies Act does not recognise the office bearers in DAP, formed by the CEC on Dec 15, 2012,â he had said, adding that DAP faced the risk of being de-registered.
However, the RoS issued another letter on April 19 informing that the party would be allowed to use its rocket symbol in GE13.
A re-election of the CEC was eventually carried out by the DAP on Sept 29, 2013 but that too ran into problems, with the RoS still refusing to recognise the CEC.
Then, on Jan 22, 2014, Lim filed a judicial review application on behalf of the party, saying the RoS had no power under the Societies Act 1966 to refuse th e recognition of the CEC which was re-elected on Sept 29, 2013.
DAP decided to drop the application on Sept 23, 2014, following the RoSâ recognition of the re-elected CEC and its stand that statements on the matter were merely advice and not legally binding.
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