PETALING JAYA: The first direct elections of DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) office-bearers resulted in two of the three key positions that were sought after being taken up by new faces.
Incumbent chairman Nga Kor Ming retained his post by beating Malacca deputy chairman Goh Leong San by a comfortable 40 votes.
However, incumbent deputy chairman Tan Hun Wooi was unseated by Chong Chieng Jen, who vacated his vice-chairman post to challenge Tan.
Chong, who is MP for Bandar Kuching, said he had not expected to win and hoped that he would not disappoint the members who voted for him.
The elections were held during Dapsy's National Congress 2005 held here yesterday.
In the remaining key position, which was one of the two vice-chairman posts, Dapsy treasurer Su Keong Siong defeated Johor Dapsy chief Tan Chen Choon.
Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan won the other vice-chairman's post as the Dapsy constitution requires one of the two vice-chairmen to be a woman.
Nga, who is Pantai Remis state assemblyman in Perak, said he hoped that those who were defeated would come back and continue serving the party, as Dapsy was one team.
The Dapsy national executive committee also saw changes with four incumbents being defeated.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in his opening address, spoke about how the Government should revert to the original 1957 Malaysian Constitution as a way to unite all Malaysians.
He said that by reverting to that Constitution, Malaysia could move forward democratically and economically.
Though this Constitution is not perfect, it at least gives us the hope to unite all Malaysians regardless of race and religion, he added.
Dapsy party policy debates were also opened to the press for the first time and state delegates gave their views on how they best thought Dapsy could move forward.
Other delegates also raised issues about the Dapsy constitution and that the party only made statements and did not present itself enough in the community.
To this, Dapsy national secretary Loke Siew Fook accepted the criticisms, but added that if members wanted change they must have the will to do something about it.