Johor DAP may cast ‘protest’ votes
SHAH ALAM: All eyes will be on the DAP when it holds fresh central executive committee (CEC) elections on Sept 29, but the Johor delegates will come under special scrutiny.
The Johor delegates are said to be contemplating casting “protest votes”, which could be pivotal in influencing the final results of the polls.
The state DAP is understandably miffed at the central leadership over the “GE13 affair”. It claimed the top command had “parachuted” prominent DAP candidates from outside the state to contest in key seats in Johor instead of fielding local leaders.
Some Johor delegates planned to use the ballot box to show their displeasure at the top leadership for sidelining local leaders in the 13th general election, according to the Oriental Daily.
There was even talk that Johor DAP might boycott the CEC polls.
The Registrar of Societies ordered DAP to conduct fresh CEC polls following complaints from some members that the election held on Dec 15 last year was flawed.
Subsequently, the party announced that the mistake was caused by a technical glitch during the tabulation of the results.
The revised results saw Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari climbing the ranks to become an elected CEC member instead of Vincent Wu.
However, Johor DAP Youth chief Tan Hong Pin (pix, below) downplayed any talk of a boycott or “revolt” of the Johor delegates.
“It is impossible to see the [Johor] delegates boycotting the re-election,” he said.
He believes there is no dissent among the Johor DAP leaders and that they will attend and cast their ballots.
“The grassroots leaders will see this [re-election] as a party crisis that needs to be resolved and will not display personal grudge,” he told theantdaily.
But he will not dispute the fact that there may be a change in the line-up of the new CEC, which may affect the standing of certain leaders.
“There are 20 members in the CEC. The top 15 members are almost always certain to be elected into the committee. The outcome will affect the position of the rest of the candidates [16 to 20],” he said.
However, DAP Kulai division liaison committee chairman Ng Pack Seong has reportedly said he will not vote or make arrangements to ferry others to cast their ballots as a form of silent protest against the central leadership.
The central leadership must take note of the dissenting voices, and convince Johor DAP that it is capable of leading the party to better heights.
Johor was considered as the frontline state for the DAP in the May 5 polls and big guns like Lim Kit Siang were sent south to attack the Umno bastion. The DAP won big, capturing four parliamentary and 12 state seats.
With this significant inroad into the Johor fortress, the last thing the party wants is a divisive relationship between its leaders and supporters.