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Published: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 8:11:09 AM

Faction in Sabah's LDP to re-register members

KOTA KINABALU: A faction in Sabah’s beleaguered Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is embarking on a membership re-registration drive to pave the way for elections in April.

Embattled party president Datuk V.K. Liew, who was “removed” from the post at an annual general meeting (AGM) by an opposing faction last October, said the re-registration was necessary to update the party’s membership list.

“This exercise is necessary as many members have passed away since the party’s inception in 1989, and some have migrated or left LDP.

“There are also some whose membership can’t be verified, and we therefore need to clean up the roll,” said Liew after opening the party’s Sandakan office.

He said the re-registration was also necessary as certain membership files had been “hijacked” and “manipulated” by certain individuals who had recently occupied the LDP headquarters in Kota Kinabalu.

Liew said this had prevented the LDP election committee from conducting the party election now scheduled for April and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) had been notified of the difficulties faced by the election committee.

He said the re-registration exercise headed by the LDP organising secretary was expected to be completed in about three months.

LDP vice-president Datuk Chin Su Phin, who is among the senior party leaders heading the opposing faction, said they had already conducted an AGM and party polls which had been reported to the ROS.

At that meeting last October, over 60% of the LDP’s 761 delegates endorsed the rival faction led by Chin whom Liew had sacked as deputy president.

The 468 delegates also endorsed the removal of Liew as party president.

Tags / Keywords: Politics, LDP, Sabah

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