DAP postponed its party elections to concentrate on the general elections.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) postponed their party elections to concentrate on the next general elections.
It has nothing to do with secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's effort to ensure that he remained holding on to the post, said DAP's MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng.
He told The Mole: “That is utter rubbish. The party had postponed the party elections so that party members can focus on the next general elections which we believe is just around the corner.’’
Asked when he expects the elections to be held, the Segambut MP said he believed it would be held around June.
A blog post in Stop The Lies raised the issue whether the DAP party election was being postponed because Guan Eng wanted to hold on to his position for the fourth term or
whether the party wanted to concentrate on the GE.
The blog pointed out that this is the second time the DAP elections had been postponed, the first time in August last year. On Sunday's convention the DAP again announced that the party's election scheduled for August this year will be postponed.
The blog then pointed out that Guan Eng had served the as the party's secretary general for three terms and the two postponements would in effect make him serve in the capacity for four terms.
It further argued that the DAP constitution only allows a person to hold the secretary-general post for three terms.
Another DAP leader Jagdeep Singh Deo concurred with Lip Eng, insisting that the postponement was purely in consideration of the upcoming general election.
“Guan Eng has nothing to do with the postponement. As stated in our convention last Sunday, the postponement is made because we need to focus on the upcoming elections.’’
The Datuk Keramat assemblyman also said the party elections can be postponed to make way for the general elections.
“Therefore we felt it was only right if party elections were postponed.’’
Meanwhile, Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin said: “We decided that our party elections are secondary but winning in the general election is crucial to us.’’