LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 9pm

Banning DAP From Polls A Mistake - Kit Siang

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang warned the Najib administration today against banning his party from contesting the coming Election 2013, saying the move would be Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “most fatal mistake” as it would drive the public to hasten Barisan Nasional’s (BN) demise. 

In a statement here, Lim suggested that there was a conspiracy to use the Registrar of Societies (ROS) probe on the party’s elections result as a prelude to declare the DAP illegal and block the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) component party from contesting the polls.

“The UMNO/BN “Dirty Tricks” department may think that this ploy will inflict supreme damage on PR by excluding the use of the Rocket symbol in the 13GE (as elections will be over even if DAP finally vindicates itself and wins a legal suit against the Barisan Nasional government in protracted litigation in the courts of law).

“But this may prove to be most fatal mistake of all by Najib in his four years as Prime Minister,” said the Ipoh Timor MP.

“This is because it may usher a new political configuration that will prove to be the undoing of UMNO/BN, not only the last straw that breaks the camel’s back with regard to public outrage to demand the end the regime of abuses of power in the citadels of power in Putrajaya,” he added.

Lim said any attempt to disband DAP would also contribute to the consolidation of PR, saying this meant he could still contest the polls but on a PAS or PKR ticket.

The DAP leader’s warning comes after Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia ran a front-page report today saying the RoS is facing complications with its investigations, suggesting that the DAP had not been co-operative, an allegation Lim dismissed as baseless.

Lim had also maintained that the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections last December had been above-board and done via a transparent and democratic process although, saying the botched results, which prompted the investigation, was an “honest mistake” stemming from a computer glitch.

The DAP stalwart argued that there could be no justification for the RoS to take any action against the DAP for the party elections since its leadership had not received any complaint from party delegates on the matter while the DAP had fully co-operated with the regulator pertaining to queries and requests for clarification.

“This is why I am baffled how the Utusan Malaysia today could carry a front-page headline report that the ROS were facing ‘difficulties in its probe’ on the DAP CEC elections last December.

“The Utusan Malaysia front-page headline story has proven right my suspicion of ‘high-level conspiracy’ afoot in BN ‘dirty tricks’ department to suspend or ban DAP so that the Rocket symbol could not be used in the 13GE,” he said.

Just recently, the RoS was forced to apologise to the DAP over a blunder that had led to accusations of foul play against the opposition party when the regulator claimed the party had not submitted its CEC polls report required of all registered societies in the country.

The registrar was reported to have questioned if the opposition party was challenging the RoS’ authority or if was hiding something by delaying submitting the required documents over its party polls last December.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was quick to point out that the RoS should initiate action to compel the DAP to submit its annual report on time.

He said the DAP was supposed to submit its report within 60 days after its CEC polls on December 12, which put the deadline at February 15.

The report was submitted on February 8, a week before the deadline.

- The Malaysian Insider