Tuesday January 22, 2013
Group rallies for fresh DAP elections
GEORGE TOWN: With dissatisfaction against DAP leaders mounting, another group of party members and supporters took to the streets to protest against the alleged technical glitch in the results of the party polls last month.
They also demanded fresh elections for the central executive committee (CEC).
“The circumstances surrounding the inclusion of Zairil Khir Johari into the CEC are highly questionable.
“Therefore, we want the party to conduct a fresh election to ensure everyone is given a fair chance,” said longtime party member S. Sivasamy, 51, here, yesterday.
He led some 45 members and supporters in the protest outside the service centre of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also Air Putih assemblyman.
The office was closed but the group, carrying placards denouncing Zairil and the DAP-controlled state government for allegedly neglecting the plight of the Indian community, caused a 15-minute traffic jam. They dispersed at around 2.45pm.
Sivasamy, from Sungai Bakap and DAP member since 1987, said he was shocked when the party announced Zairil's admittance into the committee three weeks after the results were announced.
“We want Lim to explain why the change had occurred,” he said, adding that he would submit a formal letter of complaint to the party soon.
Yesterday's demonstration was the latest in a series of protests mounted against the DAP over its handling of the CEC election.
On Sunday, leaders of the Ladang Paroi DAP branch in Negri Sembilan told the leadership to practise what it preached about competency, accountability and transparency.
On Saturday, another group held a protest outside Komtar over the issue, criticising the results and saying they wanted to see clean polls within the Pakatan Rakyat alliance.
Two days earlier, angry protesters in Butterworth also demonstrated against the party over the alleged tainted results.