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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 7:25:06 AM

DAP shuns ROS directive

PETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has asked DAP to temporarily halt its newly-elected central executive committee (CEC) from making any decisions but the party will shun the directive.

At a press conference here yesterday, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said the party received a letter on Wednesday from ROS stating that DAP sent in an incomplete report on its special congress and re-election which took place on Sept 29.

He said in the letter, which was dated on Dec 6, the ROS conveyed that the accompanying report was too brief and asked for additional information on DAP members.

The ROS also advised the CEC not to execute any decisions while further investigations are being carried out.

The Seremban MP said that DAP would comply with the ROS’ request for more information but not on the part about making decision.

“We cannot and will not accept the directive which requires all CEC members to halt decisions until the completion of ROS investigations. DAP cannot operate in a vacuum.

“After the special congress, a new CEC line-up was elected. There is no need for approval from the ROS to make decisions on behalf of the party. What if the ROS takes months or years to complete their investigations?” he asked.

He added that DAP would not rule out the possibility of taking the ROS to court to challenge the directive.

“In the past, these documents were not a requirement. We sent in our annual returns on Nov 6. Why did it take them one month to reply and ask us for additional information? This directive has serious implications on DAP.”

The ROS had requested for a full list of DAP’s 2,578 members, along with their branch affiliations and addresses, a full list of 1,740 voting members along with their particulars and a list of 985 branches with an “A” certification.

ROS deputy director-general Alias Mamat was earlier quoted as saying in a news article that DAP employed “delay tactics” in submitting their report.

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