By P. Ramasamy
THE Registrar of Societies (RoS) said on Friday that the DAP must call for fresh polls because its Central Executive Committee (CEC) is not legally constituted.
The party is yet to receive an official letter to this effect.
According to the RoS, the DAP’s CEC is not legal because during the special congress in 2013, its members were elected not based on the 2012 delegates list.
I am not sure why the RoS had to wait four years to make this announcement. Investigations into the “wrong doings” of the DAP by the RoS does not require knowledge about “rocket science”.
Strangely enough, in a court hearing some time back, even the RoS said that its advice to the DAP was not legal but merely advisory. The matter was left at that with an understanding that the DAP had cleared its issues with RoS.
But then all of sudden, the matter of the “illegality” of the DAP’s CEC has cropped up with danger that the party might even be deregistered if it did not hold fresh polls soon.
The intervention of the RoS is merely an extension of the on-going political assault by Umno and its affiliates against the DAP and its allies in the PH. Since the general election is around the corner there is fear that Umno/BN might not even make it to Putra Jaya.
Given this fear, there is systematic campaign that has been launched to demonize the DAP and its allies in the PH. Since the DAP is the strongest political party in the PH, DAP has been spefically targeted by those in power.
There is a feeling that if the DAP can be destablized before the next general election, it would be easier for Umno and its allies to dent the performance of the other members.
The question is how to cripple the DAP, the strongest non-Malay opposition front in the country; the party that has rendered other non-Malay political parties within the BN totally ineffective.
Outright arrest and detention of the principal leaders of the DAP is out of question politically. Perhaps this would explain why the RoS has been relied upon to adopt systematic actions against the DAP starting from 2012.
In another sense, it also reflects conflicts within the top leadership of Umno on how to deal with the DAP specifically or the opposition in general.
While the “hawks” within Umno would want the DAP to be deregistered, however, there are “doves” who would prefer an administrative or legal approach.
But the two approaches in the final analysis might work to the detriment of the DAP.
Alternatively, the RoS directive is not so much a problem for the DAP alone but also how Umno resolves its internal contradictions in facing the crucial next general election.
*Dr P. Ramasamy is Penang Deputy Chief Minister II.
*The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Times (TMT).