‘Appoint neutral audit firm as observer’
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