‘AU­DIT FIRM MUST BE NEU­TRAL’

Ex-DAP mem­ber says polls should be fair and just

New Straits Times - - News / Region -

NUR AQIDAH AZ­IZI SEREMBAN nur@nst.com.my

IN­DE­PEN­DENT au­dit firms free from con­flict of in­ter­est should be ap­pointed as the observer to mon­i­tor the DAP cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) re-elec­tion.

For­mer Ta­man Bukit Mas DAP sec­re­tary S. Vi­jayan said the party’s move to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor as an­nounced re­cently was re­jected by grass­roots mem­bers be­cause the firm had links with DAP lead­ers.

“We un­der­stand that the firm has links with DAP lead­ers and this makes the firm un­fit to be­come an in­de­pen­dent observer for the CEC. We have proof, but at the mo­ment, it can’t be dis­closed,” he said.

He added that the CEC re-elec­tion, as or­dered by the Registry of So­ci­eties (RoS), should be fair and just.

“Ap­point­ing an au­dit firm with links to the party will not serve its pur­pose. There are many other in­de­pen­dent firms that can be ap­pointed to mon­i­tor the re-elec­tion,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Vi­jayan said grass­roots mem­bers also ob­jected to the de­ci­sion made by “un­law­ful” DAP lead­ers.

DAP last week gave in to RoS’ directive to hold fresh polls for its CEC, but it is un­der­stood that the party would ap­point PKF Ac­coun­tants and Busi­ness Ad­vis­ers as an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor to mon­i­tor and han­dle the re-elec­tion.

Vi­jayan said the ap­point­ment of an au­dit firm agree­able to all mem­bers was cru­cial to en­sure that the re-elec­tion would be con­ducted trans­par­ently.

“We want the DAP to fol­low the grass­roots re­quire­ments by ap­point­ing au­dit firms like Deloitte, Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers or Ernst & Young,” he said, urg­ing DAP to stop giv­ing ex­cuses and ex­pe­dite the CEC re-elec­tion.

He ques­tioned the si­lence and in­ac­tion of DAP as­sem­bly­men, mem­bers of par­lia­ment and law­mak­ers over the un­law­ful CEC in 2012.

PIC BY HAZREEN MO­HAMAD

S. Vi­jayan says the party’s move to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor with links to DAP is un­ac­cept­able.

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