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Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by embun majid
ALOR SETAR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has hit out at DAP for not practising democratic principles resulting in it having to hold fresh central executive committee (CEC) elections.
The Prime Minister said the party had been promoting itself as a champion of democracy yet it failed to implement it when it involved its own party elections.
“The question raised by the public is why a party that promoted itself as champion of democracy and anti-corruption, among others, failed to follow a rule that is clean from corruption?”
“What the Registrar of Societies (ROS) had directed them to do is correct and according to regulations,” he told newsmen after launching the national Settlers Day celebration at Felda Sungai Tiang in Pendang near here yesterday.
Najib was commenting on DAP’s move to hold fresh CEC elections after weeks of protest against the ROS’ order.
He said Umno had always been transparent and had never prevented members from taking part in party elections.
“We have never received any objection about our elections. If ROS criticises us, we will correct it.
“In fact Umno was once banned by the court. We accepted the decision, corrected the mistakes and rebuilt the party,” he said.
On Felda, Najib said the Government would need to find middle and long-term investments for Felda that could be used for new investment and re-investment purposes, as dividends and for social economic development for settlers.
“We have huge funds. So we need to be prudent in our spending to make Felda a success and at the same time give high dividends to settlers and benefits in social economic programmes to settlers and non-settlers,” he said.
The Felda Integrity Plan that was also launched yesterday to help curb any wrongdoing and abuse of power in Felda.
Among those who attended the event were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
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