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Friday, May 31, 2013

ROS slammed for jumping the gun on DAP


DAP has branded Registrar of Societies (ROS) director Abdul Rahman Othman a "liar" for making "wild allegations" against the party in its investigations into the party elections last December.

Its national organising secretary Anthony Loke said Abdul Rahman “behaved unprofessionally” by releasing conclusive statements that some DAP members were denied their right to vote during the congress, even before ROS concluded its investigation.
    
NONELoke (left) said DAP received a letter from ROS yesterday, demanding that it produces the relevant documents and evidence of notices having been sent to all party delegates, naming especially four branches that reportedly complained of not having received the notices.

"He (Abdul Rahman) is not fit to be ROS director. Not only is he a liar, he is a tool for Umno and BN," Loke said, adding that ROS was also beginning to "shift the goalposts" in its probe against DAP.

"Initially, the investigations were supposed to be about us changing the election results due to a technical glitch two weeks later.
"Now that it cannot prove anything against us, the ROS has shifted the goalposts to claim that we denied delegates their right to vote," he said.

More than 700 DAP members have allegedly complained of not having received notices from the party, but Loke insisted that the party cannot guarantee that all branches would receive them.

Loke also furnished proof that representatives from three out of the four branches - that had been mentioned by ROS in its letter to DAP - did attend the party congress, thus there was no question of them being denied their right to vote.

The four branches are in Taman Sri Sungai Pelek in Selangor, Taman Nesa in Skudai, Johor, Desa Dahlia in Seremban and Ladang Paroi, also in Negri Sembilan.

Documents show the proof 

Loke said that the Skudai, Desa Dahlia, and Ladang Paroi branches did send delegates to the congress which took place on Dec 15 and 16 last year, and that the representatives' signatures were on the party's official documents related to the congress.

NONEDocuments show that S Kogilavani represented the Taman Nesa branch, Richard Francis Soosay represented the Desa Dahlia branch, and three delegates had actually attended the congress under the Ladang Paroi branch.

All the individuals who made complaints to the ROS about not receiving notices and being denied the right to vote despite having attended the congress will be referred to the disciplinary committee of the party.

Loke said that the party did send out notices of the congress date to every branch, but it was out of its hands to guarantee that the notices reach every intended recipient.

"We even had press conferences with the media to inform about the date of the congress," said Loke.
The DAP's Sungai Pelek branch chairperson had quit the party on Aug 16 last year, and was therefore not entitled to receive any notice in relation to the congress, Loke said.

"ROS believes these members who made the complaints but is refusing to believe us," he said.

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