DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he was willing to meet Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to “clear the air” on talks of deregistering DAP.
“I am willing to meet with Zahid to clear up the dishonest attempt to deregister DAP. We want to face the elections fairly.”
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, was commenting on Zahid’s statement yesterday that a decision might be made next week concerning the controversy surrounding DAP’s party elections in December 2012.
DAP’s issue with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) started after a technical glitch caused irregularities in the vote count during the party polls. The mistake was rectified later but unhappy members filed complaints with RoS, leading the elected central executive committee to be declared invalid.
Lim said it was not DAP speculating about its future, but Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, who started the whole issue.
He said Tengku Sariffuddin was speaking as though he had assumed the powers of the home minister and the RoS.
“This all came about because of Liew’s comments, especially on the likelihood that the polls will be next year due to the fact that he (Najib) has lost people in Barisan Nasional.
“Because of that, he (Tengku Sariffuddin) is angry. Then he indicated the deregistration of DAP, which was completely dishonest. Why is he reviving the issue again?” Lim said in a press conference today.
On Sunday, Liew, who is DAP’s Kluang MP, said he observed that Najib was becoming increasingly isolated among the ruling elite because no significant Umno leaders outside his own small circle of loyalists were prepared to defend him.
Liew singled out Tengku Sariffuddin, who had been issuing late-night statements attacking DAP to defend his boss.
Najib is facing pressure again over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a third civil suit to recover billions of ringgit worth of assets bought with money allegedly siphoned off the sovereign fund.
In his latest statement last night, Sariffuddin said DAP did not know whether it could even use its rocket logo in the next general election, adding that the RoS did not recognise the validity of the party’s CEC.
He said DAP members themselves who filed complaints with RoS over irregularities and unfair treatment in their party elections in late 2012, and branded DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang a “dictator who blamed others instead of taking responsibility for his misdeeds”.
Lim also said the RoS issue had been cleared up by DAP national legal bureau chairman and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.
Gobind in a statement said Tengku Sariffuddin “got his facts wrong” and should had taken advice from RoS’ lawyers who handled the suit brought by DAP in 2014 regarding the matter.