PETALING JAYA: The DAP central executive council has endorsed lawyer M. Manoharan as the Selangor DAP chairman but nullified the election of all other office bearers' posts in the state.
There was heated debate before the decision was taken to nullify the election of the deputy chairman, two vice-chairmen, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, organising secretary, and other posts.
The CEC met at the party headquarters on Wednesday to resolve a dispute arising from the election of Selangor state leaders on Feb 26 which saw incumbent party state secretary Ronnie Liu and several others staging a walkout.
Those who stayed back proceeded with the election of Manoharan and candidates for the other posts including Liu as deputy chairman.
Liu subsequently lodged a complaint to the CEC over the manner in which the election was conducted.
DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock, when contacted, declined to comment.
But insiders said Bandar Klang state assemblyman Teng Chang Kim had opposed the decision during the CEC meeting where Liu was also present.
Teng and Liu were eyeing the state chairman's post, which fell vacant following the death of Ahmad Nor on Feb 11.
A party official said the CEC decision was unprecedented as vacancies in both the state and national liaison committee were normally filled by reshuffling the office bearers.
He cited as example the case of Chen Man Hin who resigned as DAP chairman after the 1999 general election and was replaced by Lim Kit Siang.
“Kerk who was organising secretary moved up to take over the secretary-general's post while Tan Kok Wai, the Cheras MP, became the organising secretary,” he said.
Manoharan, when contacted, said he had received numerous telephone calls from grassrooots members who had voiced their disappointment and anger over the CEC decision.
“My position as chairman has been endorsed but the reshuffle of the other positions was not accepted. Personally, I am disappointed and saddened over the decision.
“Although I respected their (CEC) decision, on the other hand they should have respected the decision of the majority of the state committee members in wanting a reshuffle (and not an election).
“I know it is the work of one troublemaker in the party who has gone to the CEC,” he said.
Manoharan thanked the CEC for having confidence in him and said his immediate priority would be to unite party members to face the coming general election.