KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — The DAP will contest Election 2013 under PAS and PKR banners for the first time in history, after the Registrar of Societies (RoS) failed to retract its letter rejecting the party’s office-bearers, Tony Pua said today.
DAP publicity chief pointed out that party candidates could not risk submitting letters of authority — which authorise them to run under the party’s Rocket logo — signed by the party’s secretary-general, whose position was being disputed by the ROS.
“If our CEC not recognised, how to issue authorisation letter to our candidates?” Pua told The Malaysian Insider today, referring to the party’s central executive committee.
He added that the RoS did not contact DAP at all today.
Pua said that DAP’s 53 parliamentary candidates and 103 state candidates throughout the country would contest in Election 2013, with Nomination Day starting tomorrow, under the PAS and PKR symbols in the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak respectively.
“This is the first time a party uses the symbol of another party but this is terpaksalah (forced)," DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said before presenting two sets of letter of appointments to Johor DAP candidates — with one set signed by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and another set signed by PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali.
When met later, Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau confirmed that the party was using PAS’s and PKR’s logo.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (picture) demanded that the RoS yesterday revoke, in writing, its letter dated April 17, 2013 that refused to recognise the party’s CEC due to a party balloting error.
RoS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman, however, was quoted by national news agency Bernama yesterday as saying that DAP could still use its Rocket logo in the 13th general election as the party has not been deregistered.
Abdul Rahman did not respond to calls or messages by The Malaysian Insider today requesting comment.
Lim admitted today that his chances of winning the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor may be affected, saying that voters would be confused if the DAP was forced to borrow PAS’ green moon logo and PKR’s eye logo.
MCA has often warned Chinese voters against supporting Pakatan Rakyat (PR), claiming that PAS would implement hudud law in the multi-racial country.
The ROS ruling could scuttle the DAP’s plans to decimate MCA in the 13th general election, especially in the Chinese party’s stronghold of Johor, where Kit Siang will take on caretaker Johor mentri besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman in Gelang Patah.
Barisan Nasional (BN) is facing its toughest challenge in recent history after the ruling coalition lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority in Election 2008 and ceded five states to the opposition pact that later formalised itself as PR.
Guan Eng accused BN yesterday of practising “underhand tactics” after the RoS issued its letter late Wednesday, just two days before Nomination Day.
The caretaker Penang chief minister said that it was up to voters to “show their anger at the ballot box”.
He also said it was “ridiculous” for the RoS to claim that the DAP did not send out proper notices on its national congress last December, resulting in 753 delegates not attending the December 15 meeting.
Guan Eng pointed out that the RoS had, on Wednesday, issued another letter instructing two DAP members to attend an inquiry on May 9 about the party election on December 15 last year.