‘POLLS LET GUAN ENG EXTEND REIGN’
He benefited from DAP’s CEC re-election, says Gerakan veep
GERAKAN vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng should stop pretending that he has not benefited from the party’s central executive committee (CEC) re-election.
He said Lim had extended his reign, despite crying foul that DAP had been forced to carry out the re-election, which was held last Sunday.
“Lim should stop the playacting in his criticism of the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
“He is the biggest winner, as his tenure as secretary-general would have ended if not for the re-election,” said Lau yesterday.
Lau said Lim was appointed secretary-general in 2004 and 2008.
If the party poll results in 2012 and 2013 were recognised, Lim’s tenure should have ended last year.
“Due to RoS’s decision that DAP must hold a re-election, Lim’s tenure is extended to 16 years.
“Lim will serve a third term as secretary-general until 2020,” said Lau. The DAP constitution allows an individual to hold the secretary-general's post only for three terms.
In the polls, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang drew the most number of votes with 1,199, followed by Puchong member of parliament Gobind Singh Deo with 1,198.
Lim came in third place with 1,180 votes.
Other DAP candidates who made it onto the list of 20 CEC members are Chong Chieng Jen, Teresa Kok, Tan Kok Wai, Tony Pua, Nga Kor Ming, Fong Kui Lun, Chow Kon Yeow, M. Kulasegaran, Chong Eng, Teng Chang Khim, Ngeh Koo Ham and Zairil Khir Johari. Held for the third time, the polls were to choose members for the party’s 2012 CEC.
In 2013, RoS ordered DAP to hold a re-election for its CEC members following complaints from party members over alleged mishandling of its election on Dec 15, 2012.
These included claims that 753 delegates were not given a chance to cast their votes.
Following the directive, DAP held a re-election on Sept 29, 2013 for the 2012 term using the same list of delegates.
Datuk Dr Dominic Lau