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A booklet has surfaced in Penang on the DAP polls irregularities and how the father-and-son team of Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang are allegedly using under-hand tactics to hold on to power
A 16-page booklet on the alleged irregularities and internal politics in the DAP polls, held last December, is being widely distributed here.
The booklet, entitled The Equity Report (CEC Election Fraud), is written by one Father Augustus Chen, and printed in Malay, English, Tamil and Mandarin.
It reveals the irregularities in the party elections and the subsequent investigation by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and his father, the party adviser Lim Kit Siang, have come under fire in the booklet.
The writer accused the two Lims of allegedly manipulating the vote tabulation during the 2012 party polls on Dec 15 to get their cronies elected to the central executive committee (CEC).
He also alleged that Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee and Seremban MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook were tasked to carry out the dirty job.
When the election results was announced at 8.30pm, some three and half hours behind schedule, Vincent Wu Him Ven received 1,202 votes to finish in joint fifth-sixth position with Anthony Loke for the 20-elected CEC positions. Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari finished in 39th position with only 305 votes.
But following a revised result a month later, Zairil suddenly received 803 votes to leap to 20th position, while Wu was relegated to 26th place with a mere 669 votes.
DAP claimed a technical glitch in the Excel spreadsheet which caused the tabulation mistake.
No notices of meeting
The author dismissed the technical glitch and blamed it on vote-counting manipulation to strengthen and safeguard the Lims’ political interests.
The author said nearly 1,300 delegates did not receive notices of meeting while another 547 illegal ones, mainly from Penang, voted in the elections.
Even those who were issued the notices are said to have received the letters less than 10 days before the congress.
According to the author, the Lims had planned to rig the elections to prevent the rise of prominent party leaders, known as the “five tigers.”
The five are Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow, Perak cousins Ngeh Koo Ham and Ngah Kor Ming, Johor leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau and Selangor stalwart Teng Chang Khim.
The author claimed that Kit Siang, 72, sensing that this could be his last term as MP, planned to ensure a safe passage for his son to helm the party in a strong position.
The booklet claimed the party was supposed to hold its polls in early 2012 but was postponed because Guan Eng realised he could only secure 1,100 to 1,200 votes from the 2,576 delegates, which would not be enough for the father-and-son team to control the CEC.
Kit Siang received 1,607 votes and his son 1,576 followed by Karpal Singh at 1,411, while the “five tigers” all finished in lower half of the top 20.
ROS began its probe on Jan 29 following complaints lodged on Jan 14 by 40 party members.
The investigation found that 32 complainants were eligible delegates but not issued notices of meeting, while eight others received the letters but were disallowed to vote.
The booklet published in full the ROS letter dated April 17 which nullified the CEC polls and that of the the office bearers.
ROS has pointed out that the first post-election CEC meeting held on Dec 16, 2012 was null and void due to presence of Vincent Wu.
It also noted by not issuing notices of meetings to eligible delegates and their non-attendance had nullified the CEC polls and positions of its 20 elected members, including the top leaders.
Father Augustus concluded that all the electoral irregularities were committed to overcome the political threats from the “five tigers” and to safeguard Guan Eng’s political survival before Kit Siang makes his exit.