KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng should stop pretending that he has not benefitted from the party’s central executive committee (CEC) re-election.
He said Lim has extended his reign, despite constantly crying foul that DAP had been forced to carry out the re-election which was held last Sunday.
"Lim should stop the playacting in his criticism of the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
“He is the biggest winner, as his tenure as secretary-general would have ended if not for the re-election,” said Lau in a statement on Tuesday.
Lau pointed out that the Penang Chief Minister was appointed as DAP secretary-general in 2004 and 2008.
If the party election results in 2012 and 2013 were recognised, Lim's tenure should have ended last year.
“Due to RoS's decision that DAP must hold a re-election, Lim's tenure is now extended to 16 years.
"Lim will now serve a third term as secretary-general until 2020,” said Lau.
The DAP constitution allows an individual to hold the secretary-general's post only for three terms.
In the polls, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang drew the most number of votes with 1,199, followed by Puchong Member of Parliament (MP) Gobind Singh Deo with 1,198.
Lim came in third place with 1,180 votes.
Other DAP candidates who made it onto the list of 20 CEC members are Chong Chieng Jen, Teresa Kok, Tan Kok Wai, Tony Pua, Nga Kor Ming, Fong Kui Lun, Chow Kon Yeow, M. Kulasegaran, Chong Eng, Teng Chang Khim, Ngeh Koo Ham, and Zairil Khir Johari.
Held for the third time, the polls were to choose members for the party’s 2012 CEC.
In 2013, the RoS ordered DAP to hold a re-election for its CEC members following complaints from party members over alleged mishandling of its election on Dec 15, 2012.
These included claims that 753 delegates were not given a chance to cast their votes.
Following the directive, DAP held a re-election on Sept 29, 2013 for the 2012 term using the same list of delegates.