‘Ap­point neu­tral au­dit firm as ob­server’

New Straits Times - - News -

GEMENCHEH: Grass­roots DAP mem­bers here con­tinue to voice their ob­jec­tion to the ap­point­ment of au­dit firm PKF Ac­coun­tants and Busi­ness Ad­vis­ers as the in­de­pen­dent body to mon­i­tor the run­ning of the party’s cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) re­elec­tion.

For­mer DAP Ladang Re­gent Tampin di­vi­sion sec­re­tary K. Sel­vam, 51, said an in­de­pen­dent au­dit firm free from any con­flict of in­ter­est should be ap­pointed in­stead.

“The party’s move to ap­point (PKF)…is re­jected by grass­roots mem­bers. We un­der­stand that the firm has links with DAP lead­ers, which makes the firm un­fit to be­come the in­de­pen­dent ob­server for the CEC,” he said.

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

“We want a fair re­elec­tion this time. Ap­point­ing an au­dit firm which has links with the party will not achieve this goal.

“There are many other in­de­pen­dent firms that can be ap­pointed to mon­i­tor the re-elec­tion,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Present were state chair­man of new In­dian com­mu­nity wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tion S. Gane­san and Ta­man Gemencheh MIC chair­man S. Periyah.

Sel­vam said grass­roots mem­bers dis­agreed on the se­lec­tion of the firm be­sides be­ing cho­sen by “un­law­ful” DAP lead­ers.

“We hope the me­dia will also stop re­fer­ring to Lim Guan Eng as DAP sec­re­tary gen­eral, as the po­si­tion of all the party’s mem­bers are now null and void af­ter the RoS con­firmed that DAP’s 2012 and 2013 CECs were in­valid,” he said.

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

Sel­vam said the ap­point­ment of an au­dit firm which all mem­bers had faith in was cru­cial.

“We want DAP to fol­low the grass­roots’ re­quire­ments by ap­point­ing au­dit firms like Deloitte, Price Water­house Coop­ers, or Ernst & Young,” he said.

Sel­vam also ques­tioned the ac­tion of DAP state as­sem­bly­men, mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and law­mak­ers who have kept mum on the mat­ter. By Nur Aqi­dah Az­izi

K. Sel­vam

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