The Sun (Malaysia)

Zahid: ROS probe on DAP party election not complete

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THE Registrar of Societies (ROS) is yet to complete its investigat­ion of DAP’s 2013 party election, despite working on it for two years.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the investigat­ion is still on-going because DAP has not taken the relevant actions advised by the ROS.

“ROS is still conducting a thorough investigat­ion on DAP following its reelection on Sept 29, 2013.

“On April 3 last year, ROS received a letter from DAP requesting for a judicial review on its action. On Sept 23, 2014, DAP revoked their summons against ROS at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

“However, ROS is still continuing its investigat­ion into DAP because the party management has yet to take the relevant actions, as advised by ROS,” he said in a parliament­ary written reply to Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) on Tuesday.

Loke had asked the minister to give the status of ROS’s probe on the party’s reelection and to state when ROS will approve its applicatio­n for new branches.

Questionin­g the delay in completing the probe, Loke told reporters that the party is concerned it may be politicall­y-motivated.

“It has already been two years. Is ROS going to probe till the next general election? We think this is a political ploy by Barisan Nasional to bring down DAP,” he told the media in Parliament yesterday.

Loke said ROS did not state clearly what are the actions that DAP has failed to take, adding that the party had complied with all conditions set by the ROS.

On July 30, 2013, the ROS had ordered DAP to hold fresh elections for a new central-executive-committee (CEC) under Section 16(1) of the Societies Act 1966. The re-election was held on Sept 29, 2013.

This was due to complaints and dissatisfa­ction by several DAP members on the initial election held in December 2012 following an announceme­nt by the party that a tabulation glitch had resulted in the wrong candidate being elected to the CEC. – by Karen Arukesamy

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