Source: Spanking Da Monkey
While the status quo prevailed in the DAP central executive committee elections (CEC) today, there was a surprise as Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong topped party adviser Lim Kit Siang in obtaining the most number of votes in the re-election of the committee. In the previous CEC election last December, Liew ranked 15.
The sole Malay to be voted into the 20-member CEC, Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari was re-elected with a higher majority. He polled 1,132 votes, coming in at 12th spot, as opposed to the elections last December where he barely made the cut with 803 votes.
An interesting development on the sidelines of the CEC elections at the One World Hotel in PJ was DAP’s disgruntled Teratai assemblywoman Jenice Lee Ying Ha alleging that DAP is now being run by a powerful gang of four that could make arbitrary decisions that overrule the party constitution.
She told reporters that the gang involves DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, chairman Karpal Singh and deputy chair and disciplinary committee chief Tan Kok Wai.
“They control everything in the party, the candidates, the organization, etc. They no longer refer to the party constitution when deciding whether something can or cannot be done.
“If they can make such arbitrary decisions, what for do we need our party constitution?” she asked.
She said for example, she has appealed against the party’s decision to sack her in April within the stipulated 14-day period, but she never received a formal letter informing her of the reason behind her sacking.
Lee was accused of being involved in a corruption scandal, an accusation she vehemently denies.
DAP then decided to drop her in the 13th general election in May, but she contested as an independent candidate against DAP and BN opponents. This resulted in her being sacked from the party. She also lost in the polls.
However, in a turn of events, the Registrar of Societies declared that the party’s elections last December was null and void, hence she was reinstated as a member as the body which sacked her was deemed unconstitutionally formed. As a result, she is entitled to vote in today’s re-election as a delegate.
Sounding the warning that “absolute power corrupt absolutely”, Lee urged party members to save the party by conducting checks and balance, and denying absolute power to certain leaders.
She also urged party members not to deify certain leaders.
“I still remember when there was a song in DAPSY that says ‘there is no such thing as savior or emperor’. The same applies to the party, we have no god or emperor, and everyone is our comrade.
“That’s why DAP is different from other parties. I don’t want to see us becoming another BN political party one day. I hope we can reinvent ourselves and begin the new journey,” she said.
Lee said should the party fail to rectify its weaknesses; it will be punished by voters one day.
The Spanker says
Amazing how little birdies always wake up to sing a different tune when the shoe is on the other foot. So *yaaawn* predictable.