Source: Free Malaysia Today
A DAP central executive committee (CEC) member has suggested forming a three-man panel headed by party veteran Dr Chen Man Hin to solve the party’s leadership crisis in Kedah.
Boo Cheng Hau said the party leadership should form the panel of non-CEC members to look into the problem facing the state leadership and find an amicable solution.
“More importantly, a similar crisis can be prevented from happening in other states. It is bad for the party’s image and survival,” said the Johor state chief in a press statement today.
Crisis in Kedah DAP began when its state chairman, Lee Guan Aik, was dropped as a general election candidate for the Kota Darulaman state seat.
The problem worsened when the CEC appointed Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari as the interim chief in May.
Zairil’s position as Kedah chief was reaffirmed at the DAP re-election on Sept 29. Zairil is also a CEC member.
Four days ago, Lee protested against Zairil’s appointment, saying he was democratically elected as the state chairman during the 2010 annual general meeting.
“I was not appointed by the CEC or secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. How can the CEC replace an elected leader with one they appointed?” asked Lee.
Boo was also disturbed over the CEC’s action that replaced Lee without an election because it was against the democratic spirit practised by the party.
“This has set a dangerous precedent for the party as well as for partisan politics.
“It is not timely and appropriate for the CEC to take over the Kedah state committee without an independent inquiry,” he said.
He suggested that DAP national adviser Chen lead the panel, consisting of former secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock and veteran member Liew Ah Kim.
“I believe that the panel should look into the problem first before the Registrar of Societies’ can intervene and endanger or embarrass the party.
“An investigation and mediation is needed and guidelines drawn to avoid the CEC takeover of other states,” he said, following reports that there are various factions in the Kedah DAP which have affected the morale of grassroots members.
“We have to learn to live with the situation and manage it properly so as not to tarnish the party’s democratic image,” said Boo.
Loke: Why raise issue now, Boo?
Meanwhile, DAP’s national organising secretary Anthony Loke questioned why Boo was now suggesting the formation of a three man panel as he did not oppose when the party CEC mooted the original idea.
“When the issue of the Kedah DAP takeover was deliberated by the CEC on May 10 and June 5, Dr Boo was present for both meetings.
“He did not raise any objections then nor make any counter proposals on the issue. Hence, the proposal to take over Kedah DAP was approved unanimously.
“As a member of the CEC, Dr Boo was bound by the collective decision made at both meetings.
“I am puzzled as to why he chose to raise the issue now and make his proposal through a press statement instead of raising the issue through the next CEC meeting,” said Loke who is also Seremban MP.