Ahmad Zahid Hamidi practices double-standards

DAP’s worst fears that the directive for re-elections(pemilihan semula) issued to the DAP is politically motivated, has been realised with the short letter issued by the Registrar of Societies to the DAP Headquarters received at 4.48pm yesterday.(see attached) That this is an act of political victimisation and abuse of power by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is indisputable when no grounds were given for this RoS directive.

RoS only stated in their letter dated 30 July 2013 that they were not satisfied with DAP’s explanations, without stating the grounds and the reasons why. DAP had provided a full explanations and co-operated fully with the RoS. All supporting documents was given to prove that the party elections in December last year was conducted properly, legally and democratically where all qualified delegates were fully informed without any dishonest practice of money politics.

The only mistake was in the posting of the results by the Returning Officer that led to the wrong votes being announced for a few candidates which had an impact on only one successful candidate. The mistake led to one candidate, Vincent Wu, who was wrongly announced as a successful candidate was replaced by the actual successful candidate, Zairil Khir Johari. When this error was discovered, this was admitted to and rectified by the party voluntarily without being exposed by any outside parties. The party is now punished for refusing to cover-up mistakes, and for being both honest and truthful.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi practices double-standards in not demanding for a fresh general elections when the Elections Commission never made any correction with the indelible ink that could be immediately washed off, but yet wanting the DAP to conduct party re-elections for DAP when DAP had already corrected the mistake in the results.

Such a brief letter by RoS stating the directive but not the reasons why as well as providing evidence that supports the RoS decision is most unprofessional, flagrant misuse of their exercise of power resulting in a great injustice to the DAP. Where is natural justice if an organisation or an individual is condemned or punished without knowing the reasons and what are the facts against him? If so, then every person convicted will only know the sentence of fines and/or imprisonment against him without knowing why he was punished.

Malaysians can only conclude that RoS has already made a subjective political decision in favour of BN to pre-judge the whole issue to “fix up” the DAP, without due regard for facts and rules. That this was a political decision was clearly emphasised by the premature announcement made by Datuk Ahmad two days ago during the RoS buka puasa event in Putra Jaya when RoS had not even prepared the letter.

When DAP National Organising Secretary and MP for Seremban Anthony Loke visited the ROS Headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday morning, he was informed that the letter was not ready to be sent yet. Clearly there was malicious and mala fide intent by Ahmad and RoS against the DAP. This latest decision by the RoS will be fully discussed at an emergency CEC meeting tonight at the DAP Headquarters DAP.

Lim Guan Eng DAP Secretary General & MP for Bagan