DAP will submit annual statement to registrar in time
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:09
THE DAP will comply with the law and submit its annual statement to the registrar of societies (ROS) within the 60-day time period after its last Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections in December.
Party vice-chairman M. Kula Segaran said the manner in which the matter was being handled, including a recent statement by ROS Director-General Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman, “revealed there was a lot of focus on this particular case”.
He said it “seemed like there were attempts by the ROS to find ways to de-register the party” before the 13th general election was held.
“This seems to be the easiest way to wipe out the DAP. Abdul Rahman’s actions indicate that Barisan Nasional is prepared to get rid of the DAP in any way possible," he said. The DAP held its CEC elections on Dec 15 and announced the results three days later.
However, the party later admitted there were several errors in the vote-counting and had made a correction.
Some members who were dissatisfied with the correction alleged that there were elements of fraud in the election and demanded a fresh poll.
On Tuesday, Abdul Rahman said in a press statement the party only had 20 more days to submit its annual statement to assist in the probe on the allegations that there were irregularities in the CEC election.
The complaints were made by five men, consisting two current party members and three previous members.
Abdul Rahman cited that under Section 14(1) of the Societies Act 1966, registered organisations, including political parties, must hold their general meetings and submit their annual statements, which must contain the financial statement and list of their committee members, within 60 days after the meetings.
Kula said the two members who lodged the report to the registrar should have utilised the means and channels within the party to air their grievances on the matter, as provided for under Section 16 of the Societies Act 1966.
“None of the 68 candidates who won and lost their bids in the elections have made any complaints,” he said.
Kula said the DAP was honest and transparent when it decided to make rectifications to the mistakes immediately.
“The rectifications were audited by an external qualified chartered accountants,” he said.
Perak DAP vice-chairman and Sungkai assemblyman A Sivanesan said roadshows would be carried out weekly at a few areas in the state to explain the actual situation to the party members.