DAPSY Election - Report by MCA controlled STAR
inaccurate and vicious
by Nga Kor Ming
refer to the report in the Star newspaper today titled 'DAP Youth team
ousted-Teng and his committee of 20 lose for going against Leadership'. The
report continued 'The DAP house-cleaning exercise has begun and the first
casualty is former DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) chief Teng Chang Khim. Teng
and his entire committee of 20 were shown the exit when they lost in the
Youth elections on Saturday'.
The said report was totally inaccurate and vicious.
The election process which is part and parcel of a democratic system cannot
be accepted by the MCA controlled newspaper. The DAPSY election shows
that the DAP is the most democratic party in Malaysia. Most component
parties in BN do not dare to hold free elections for their party posts.
UMNO, MCA and Gerakan had for years insisted on a compromised team selected by
their leaders to lead their respective parties. They had deprived their
ordinary members and delegates their rights to choose their leaders.
In the spirit of the democratic process Sdr Teng Chang Khim had stated that
he accepted the defeat. He also advocated the system of an open contest.
The said Star report was inaccurate in that many members in the former
committee led by Sdr Teng Chang Khim were reelected. I was also in the said
committee led by Sdr Teng Chang Khim. Some of the members in the last
committee could not seek re-election because they had reached the age of 40,
the age limit prescribed by the DAPSY constitution. There are others in the
last committee who declined to be nominated. The former General Secretary of
DAPSY, Sdr Hew Kuan Yau, declined to seek re-election because he is at the
moment pursuing his doctorate degree in Hong Kong.
The DAPSY election is a healthy democratic process and STAR should not
interpret it in any other way. The newspaper should encourage MCA to be more
democratic in its election process.
Nga Kor Ming, DAPSY Chief and DAP Pantai
Remis State Assemblymen