JOHOR BARU: Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau has blasted the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) for taking over the Kedah leadership.
He pointed out that he was extremely disturbed by the CEC’s take over of the Kedah state committee in place of a formerly and democratically elected state committee.
Dr Boo added that steps taken by the CEC has set a dangerous precedent for the party as well as Malaysian partisan politics.
“It is not timely and appropriate for the CEC to take over the state committee without an independent inquiry as we were told that there were several factional divisions within the Kedah DAP that warranted a take over.
“Nonetheless, we have to learn to live with the situation and manage it properly as not to tarnish the party’s democratic image.
“Following this latest revelation, I suggest that investigations and mediation are needed to set up a guideline for other states to avoid another CEC take over,” he said.
He also said that the party leaders should instead focus on the reason why only 14 Kedah DAP delegates turned up at the recent special national congress where the morale among party members over there was quite low.
“I have called on the CEC to review its earlier decision to take over the Kedah DAP state committee and instead form a three-man panel to investigate and find the reason for factionalism that led to the takeover,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Dr Boo urged party top leaders not to be alarmed by his request for an inquiry on the matter, as other states should learn from the problems to avoid further takeover by the CEC.
“My intention is for an independent panel to review the situation and prevent the party from disasters by looking into the problems happening in Kedah DAP, and present a White Paper-like report to the CEC and the DAP National Congress,” he said.
Dr Boo suggested that CEC approve a three-man panel of non-CEC members to investigate the real problems in Kedah DAP and find amicable solutions to the matter.
He proposed National Adviser Dr Chen Man Hin to lead the panel and other panel members including former DAP secretary general Kerk Kim Hock and veteran party member Liew Ah Kim.
“I believe it is best to be done before the intervention by the ROS to avoid any undue incident that could endanger or embarrass the party even further,” he said adding that he had already forwarded his thoughts on the matter to party national chairman Karpal Singh.
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