Opposition DAP ordered to hold fresh elections by Malaysia's Registrar of Societies

Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives for a working dinner on the South Lawn of the White House on March 31, 2016.
Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives for a working dinner on the South Lawn of the White House on March 31, 2016.PHOTO: AFP
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia’s Registrar of Societies (ROS) has no intention of deregistering the Democratic Action Party (DAP), but the opposition party must hold fresh elections for its central executive committee (CEC), said director-general Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah.
 
Mr Mohammad Razin said in a statement Friday (July 7) that ROS will be issuing a directive to the party to hold a re-election for the 20 CEC members.
 
The decision was taken following a recent meeting Mr Mohammad Razin had with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister.
 
“He (Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid) proposed that any action taken by ROS should be based on the Societies Act 1966 and DAP’s constitution.
 
“I want to stress that ROS recognises DAP as a valid party in the eyes of the law. We have no intention whatsoever to deregister DAP,” said Mr Mohammad Razin.
 
Mr Mohammad Razin said some DAP members had expressed their unhappiness over the re-election process of CEC which was held on Sept 29, 2013.
 
He said based on the complaints, ROS believes that the re-election process of the CEC members and main office bearers was not legally carried out.
 
DAP legal bureau chief Gobind Singh Deo said he was informed of the ROS decision, but would wait for a formal letter from the regulator before deciding on the party’s next course of action.
 
“I hope ROS can write to us by this evening or tomorrow, so the leadership has a clearer picture of what’s going on,” he said.
 
DAP’s senior leaders will hold an emergency meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (July 8) to discuss their next move.
 
Some DAP leaders, including Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, had previously accused the government of a conspiracy to deregister the DAP ahead of the country’s next general election which must be held by August 2018. 
 
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang tweeted "Most ridiculous," in response to the ROS directive.