The Registrar of Societies (ROS) decision for fresh DAP Central Executive Council (CEC) election as the 2012 CEC election and the 2013 CEC re-election were not lawful and valid is most ridiculous.

The DAP emergency CEC meeting tomorrow will decide on the party’s next course of action.

The four to five years taken by Registrar of Societies over the issue and the long campaign of demonization with lies, fake news and false information about the DAP, the DAP CEC election in 2012 and the re-election of 2013 have allowed fake news and false information to take on the appearance of actual truth and facts. May be this is what is now popularly referred to as “post-truth” by the propagandists and purveyors of fake news and false information.

In fact, it has led even independent observers to swallow hook, line and sinker to believe in these fake news and false information.

For instance, one independent commentator described the whole Registrar of Societies (ROS) fiasco as “a ticking time bomb of DAP’s own design” which should have been addressed a long time ago in a transparent manner.

How is the RoS fiasco “DAP’s own design”?

All the tall tales that 865 DAP branches had been discriminated against and that 753 “delegates” victimized and not allowed to take part in the 2012 party elections and 2013 party re-elections were just lies, fake news and false information but they were repeatedly trotted out in the mainstream and social media as if they were gospel truth.

What is even more interesting is that the RoS decision has been anticipated and reported by a UMNO cybertrooper website three days days ago, in an article which said:

“So, point number one: this is between DAP and its own members and has nothing to do with Umno. It was the DAP members and not Umno that lodged a complaint with the RoS.

“Point number two: all that the RoS asked was for DAP to hold its party election again. And the RoS is talking about a re-election and not a new election. And there is a huge difference between a re-election and a new election.

“A re-election means the same 2,576 delegates who were eligible to attend and vote in the December 2012 party election must be invited to attend the AGM. In December 2012, 753 of the 2,576 eligible delegates were not invited to the AGM, meaning they were barred from the AGM. Further to that, 547 delegates who were not eligible to attend the AGM were allowed into the hall to vote, meaning they were phantom voters or pengundi hantu.

“That is all DAP needs to do. Hold the party election again. Invite the 2,576 eligible delegates to attend the meeting. Do not bar the 753 eligible candidates from attending the meeting. Do not allow the 547 phantom voters or pengundi hantu to attend the meeting and vote.

“What is so difficult with that? Why can’t DAP do a simple thing like that? Once DAP does that and the 20-member CEC gets voted in, they can then hold their first CEC meeting and appoint all their office bearers, the party Secretary General being one of them. And once the new party Secretary General is appointed, he or she can sign the Surat Watikah for all the DAP candidates in the next general election. So that means DAP’s candidates can now use the rocket logo in the general election.”

The same litany of lies, fake news and false information – about the fictional 753 delegates not invited to the 2012 DAP party congress and 547 “phantom delegates” who had voted.

It is now quite clear in retrospect that the press secretary to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad had prematurely let the cat out of the bag as to what is in store for the DAP in his political exchange with DAP Director of Political Bureau and MP for Kluang, Liew Chin Tong, a week ago.

Chinese Version:

社团注册局判定由于民主行动党2012年的中央执行委员会(中委会)选举和2013年的中委会重选是违法和无效的,因此需要再举行新的中委会选举,真是岂有此理!

明天的民主行动党紧急中委会会议将决定党的下一步行动。

社团注册局花了四至五年处理这个课题,以及长期使用谎言、假新闻和错误信息的妖魔化运动,针对着民主行动党、2012年的民主行动党中委会选举和2013年的重选。这让假新闻和错误信息被装扮成实际的真相和事实的样貌,可能这就是现在的宣传人员和散播假新闻和错误信息的人士,普遍指称的“后真相”。

事实上,甚至连独立观察员都会全盘相信这些假新闻和错误信息。

例如,一位独立的评论员将社团注册局的丑陋行为描述为“民主行动党自己设计滴答作响的定时炸弹”,而这应该在很久以前以透明方式处理的。

社团注册局的丑陋行为怎样会是“民主行动党自己的设计”?

所有的荒诞故事,即民主行动党的865个支部受到歧视,以及753名“代表”受害,并被禁止参加2012年党的选举和2013年的重选只是谎言、假新闻和错误信息。可是他们在主流媒体和社交媒体中反复出现,就好像是绝对的真相一样。

更有趣的是,社团注册局的决定已经在三天前由巫统网络兵团在网站预测和报道。他们在一篇文章中说:

“因此,第一点:这是民主行动党和它的党员之间的事情,与巫统毫无关系。是民主行动党党员,而不是巫统向社团注册局提出投诉。

“第二点,社团注册局所要求的,是民主行动党再次举行党的选举。社团注册局是说重选,而非一次新的选举。重选和新的选举有很大的区别。

“重选意味着参加2012年12月党选并投票的同一批2,576名合格代表,必须受邀出席常年大会。2012年12月,2,576名合格的代表中有753人未被邀请参加常年大会,意味着他们被禁止参加常年大会。除此之外,547名不合格代表出席了常年大会并被允许进入礼堂投票,意味着他们是幽灵选民。

“那就是民主行动党需要做的一切。再次举行党选。邀请2,576名合格代表出席会议。不要禁止753名合格的候选人参加会议。不要让547名幽灵选民出席会议并投票。

“这有什么困难?为什么民主行动党不能做这么简单的事情呢?只要民主行动党这么做,并且投票选出20名中委会成员,他们就可以举行第一次中委会会议,并且任命各局的负责人,党的秘书长是其中之一。一旦任命了新一任的秘书长,他或她就可以在下一届全国大选为所有民主行动党候选人签署 委任状。因此,这意味着民主行动党的候选人现在可以在全国大选中使用火箭标志了。”

同样的谎言、假新闻和错误信息一再被重复——虚构的所谓753名代表没有被邀请参加2012年民主行动党大会和547名“幽灵代表”投了票。

现在回顾起来,很显然的是首相的新闻秘书拿督斯里东姑沙里弗丁过早漏了口风。他在一个星期前与民主行动党全国政治教育主任兼居銮国会议员刘镇东进行政治交锋时,披露了民主行动党将面对什么局面。

(民主行动党国会领袖兼振林山国会议员林吉祥于2017年7月7日(星期五)向媒体发表的评述)