DAP to limit tenure of sec-gen

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003


PETALING JAYA: DAP will seek to amend its constitution to limit the tenure of its secretary-general to three terms during its coming national delegates conference later this month. 

National organising secretary Tan Kok Wai said the move was to provide greater opportunity for capable leaders to fill the position and lead the party forward.  

“Such a move will also ensure a continuous robust leadership and a greater democratisation in the party,” he said at the party headquarters here yesterday. 

Under the proposed Clause 10 (2), the secretary-general cannot hold office for a total period exceeding three terms whether consecutive or otherwise. It does not include any period whereby the secretary-general has been elected to fill any casual vacancy of his predecessor.  

If passed, Tan said, the new Clause would have no retrospective effect and will take effect after the conclusion of the National Congress in 18 months' time where elections will be held. Each term consists of three years. 

The DAP, he said, will be the first political party in the country to limit the term of its top post. 

Delegates, according to Tan, would also be signatories to the party’s Kuala Lumpur Declaration 2003, which outlines the party’s vision for the future. The declaration will stress on democracy, justice and liberty in Malaysia, he added. 

Party secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock greeted the news with delight and said he was glad that the central executive committee approved the request.  

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