THE THIRD FORCE
KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), declared illegal by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), expressed shock that the 2013 re-election of its leadership was not recognized.
In an awkward statement made at the party’s headquarters here today, the council, now illegal, accused the RoS of issuing a statement four years later to “cripple the party’s administration and to jeopardise its preparation for GE14.”
The accusation flies straight in the face of the RoS, which told the party to conduct fresh elections following complaints that the CEC’s 2012 and 2013 election and re-election were irregular.
In an interview with The Third Force yesterday (READ HERE), former DAP life member Shamsher Singh Thind lambasted the party’s de facto chief, Lim Kit Siang, for alleging that the DAP had fallen victim to a “long campaign of demonization with lies, fake news and false information.”
“Kit Siang should realise that the RoS did not deregister the DAP, and neither has any court declared the party illegal.
“In other words, there remain avenues for the party to seek recourse to the courts in the event it finds the RoS ruling unacceptable.
“So why is he spinning the issue out of proportion? Is he planning to jeopardize these avenues by ignoring the RoS decision, or is he simply using the RoS as a platform to gain political mileage?” Jaspal asked.
According to Jaspal, the party could either heed the RoS call to hold a re-election or file an application for a judicial review.
“But seriously, this back and forth between the DAP and the RoS has gone on too long,” he added.
“If indeed Kit Siang and his son have nothing to hide and are as strong as they portray themselves to be, what’s the fuss? Why not conduct a re-election and get it over with?”