A blogger has criticised the DAP for telling half truths and spinning the other half over the Registrar of Societies (ROS) decision to deregister its party’s central executive committee (CEC) following a dispute amongst its members.
Blogger Dave Avran in his Spanking DA Monkey blog post provided his readers with some cold hard facts over DAP’s way of dealing with the ROS decision.
He listed cold hard facts on why he thinks the DAP spins the truth, among others included:
- The ROS never threatened to deregister the party. It was DAP’s own doing when it announced a Microsoft excel spread sheet error in tabulating the Dec 15 party election results that prompted it to change the order of the votes and announce a slightly different line-up from that reported at the party convention. DAP then appointed Zairil Khir Johari to the CEC three weeks after the convention;
- The DAP had many opportunities to immediately call for an extraordinary general meeting to seek ratification of the results by the delegates or call for a new vote. However, they decided not to do that but maintain the amended results as correct and acceptable;
- The complaint was made by their own party members and not by any political opponent or anyone related to their opponents. Under ROS regulations, only party members can file a complaint and it is the duty of the ROS to investigate after such complaints have been filed; and
- There is no issue about DAP not being able to use its rocket symbol as the party is still a valid political party and its symbol is still registered with Election Commission. There is absolutely no issue about whether party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng can issue candidacy letters to the EC as he also served as secretary-general under the previous CEC.
The blogger wrote: “However, all the above facts have been conveniently spun by DAP to give the perception that the ROS had intentionally wanted to deregister the party.”
Avran stated that in a typical DAP spin, its party leaders used words such as “despicable”, “BN sabotage”, “worse than repressive Singapore”, “how can we trust their word” inresponse to the ROS decision for refusing to recognise the DAP central executive committee (CEC) over a ‘technical glitch’ during the party elections last December.
However, ROS stated although it does not recognise the DAP’s CEC, it still allows the DAP to use its own logo in the coming election.
Its director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman in a Bernama report said the ROS had informed the DAP yesterday that it was studying the party’s registration following a dispute among its members.
“However, the DAP had not been deregistered and it can still use its symbol
during the GE13,” he was quoted saying.
He also said that the DAP was indeed good at playing the victim after the party’s chairman Karpal Singh confirmed that the party has decided to contest under Pas and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) banner.
Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in a news report yesterday said its candidates will bring two authorisation letters to the nomination centres but they will prefer to contest under their logo.
“They had deliberately not given details on how they could come to the conclusion that the technical glitch came about as they only submitted a report on minutes of the meeting and the list of the new office bearers with the amended results,” Avran wrote.
He said the DAP’s decision to use PAS and PKR’s logo was indeed a political ploy by its top leadership for the election.