KOTA KINABALU: Embattled former deputy minister Datuk V.K. Liew (pic) maintains that he is still the president of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Questioning claims made by a rival faction led by state Special Affairs Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang that the Registrar of Societies had recognised his group as legitimate, Liew said he was prepared to take the matter to court.
“I have instructed my lawyer to write to ROS to verify the claim that they have issued a letter to Teo dated Jan 2, 2014.
“I am also asking ROS to reply to all our earlier letters since September last year,” he said.
He also urged ROS to issue a written directive to clarify the matter within the next few days, failing which, he would take legal action.
Liew’s group includes two of three assemblymen from the party.
Responding to Teo’s call for him to accept the ROS decision recognising him as the legitimate president, Liew said: “What decision has ROS made that requires me to accept?
“At the moment, I have not received anything from them concerning the issue. All that I have heard is from newspaper reports claiming that ROS has declared Teo a winner in a party election tainted with illegality,” Liew said.
He said he needed to see the contents of the letter, if there really was one, and that it was only fair that he be given a copy so that he would know which provision of the Societies Act 1966 was used by the ROS to recognise an illegal election.
“The election committee set up by Teo was not validly constituted and any pronouncement made by it is null and void,” he claimed.
Liew said that on many occasions since September last year, they had notified ROS about Teo’s removal as LDP secretary-general and his subsequent suspension by the disciplinary committee in October last year.
“Teo’s removal and suspension under the party’s constitution are valid,” Liew said, adding that they had also complained to ROS over Teo’s illegally constituted extraordinary general meeting and subsequent party election in October last year.
“We also wrote to ROS about many other issues in the last few months. However, up until today, ROS has yet to respond to any of those letters,” he said.
Liew also announced that LDP would hold a special party conference on March 29-30 to elect office-bearers.