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    Politics: DAP Party elections botch-up

    Botch-up in DAP polls result, Zairil elected

    • 11:44PM Jan 3, 2013

    DAP was left red-faced after it was discovered that there was an error in the results of its central executive committee election announced three weeks ago.

    The initial results had placed little known Vincent Wu Him Ven as the person who garnered the fifth most number of votes, tying that of former DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke, when in actual fact the former ranked 26.

    The actual results also saw Zairil Khir Johari coming in at 20th place, narrowly securing a spot on the CEC, making him the sole Malay elected in the powerful committee.

    The initial results had placed Zairil (right), widely seen as an up-and-coming leader in DAP and political secretary to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, at the 39th spot.

    At a press conference this evening, returning officer for the election Pooi Weng Keong explained that the debacle was the result of an error on the computer spreadsheet used to tabulate the results.

    Apparently, the number of votes for candidate number 31 to 38 (which included Zairil) were erroneously entered for candidates number 61 to 68 (which included Wu).

    However, this was only discovered after the results were announced. Originally, Zairil was recorded having 304 votes. In the revised results, Zairil bagged 803 votes, an increase of a whopping 499 votes.

    This also helped explain the surprise election of Wu, a grassroots leader who came from nowhere to clinch the No 5 spot in the DAP polls.

    Silver lining

    Pooi said the matter was brought to the attention of DAP secretary-general Lim, who then instructed that the correct results be made public after an internal audit and verified by external auditors.

    “I sincerely apologise to all the DAP members and congress delegates for the mistakes made in the tabulation process,” said the remorseful looking Pooi (left), who also apologised to both Wu and Zairil.

    As a result of the error, the CEC convened tonight to affirm the new results, co-opt 10 CEC members and appoint new positions. The announcement was made late tonight at 10.30pm.

    However, the net change was zero as Wu was reappointed as the assistant organising secretary and Zairil as the assistant publicity chief.

    Although the episode was very embarrassing for the party – attested by the fact that none of the top party leaders aside for publicity chief Tony Pua attended the press conference – there was still a silver lining.

    The party can now breath slightly easier knowing that its delegates had in fact ensured a Malay was an elected member of the CEC.


    Following the announcement of the election results, DAP was the subject of much media scrutiny over how delegates did not elect a CEC which adequately reflects the party's multiracial agenda.

    As for Zairil, he opined that the whole debate over Malay representation in the CEC was “no big deal”.

    “It was made a big deal by others,” said Zairilcurtly, refusing to elaborate further on grounds that he had spoke on the topic before.

    However, he said that the whole incident had proven that DAP was transparent, no matter how embarrassing the situation and validates his belief that the party had integrity.

    “This could have been covered up. In the interests of transparency, it was revealed by CEC,” he said.

    On whether anyone would be punished for the blunder, Pua said the party would decide on it later, but stressed that Pooi had already extended his apology and took responsibility.

    “What is important is that we uphold the truth. Correct results need to be published, even if it doesn't look nice on us,” he said.

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    Butt out of parties' internal affairs, DAP tells EC

    3:03PM Jan 5, 2013

    The DAP today bluntly told Election Commission deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar to keep his nose out of the internal affairs of political parties.

    Describing Wan Ahmad's comments on DAP's election results mistake as "unwarranted and unbecoming", the party's vice-chairperson Teresa Kok said the EC is supposed to be non-partisan.

    "The EC should maintain its statutory neutrality and refrain from poking its nose into the affairs of political parties.

    "Wan Ahmad should not forget the series of embarrassing mistakes and rectification of polls results of the EC," Kok (right) said.

    He was quoted in The Star as describing what had happened in the DAP elections as hilarious with a winner being declared a loser and vice-versa - weeks after party polls.

    "We do not know if the changes are reflective of the voice of the committee, the members or certain individuals (in the party).

    One who laughs first

    "I could not help but laugh when I heard that DAP suddenly realised that there was an error almost a month after polls, and immediately endorsed a loser as winner and a winner as loser," he was reported to have said.

    "What kind of democracy is this? Is this a joke? If it is, then they have certainly made a mockery of democracy," the EC deputy chairperson was quoted to have said.

    Kok, in her statement, then listed down EC's blunders which included erroneously announcing Kalthom Othman from PAS as having won the Pasir Puteh seat, when it was actually won by Umno candidate Che Min Che Ahmad in the 2004 general election.

    The correction was only made three months after the general election.
    Similarly in the Seputeh parliamentary seat contest which Kok had contended for, her winning majority of 12,895 was bigger than what had been was announced earlier and this is recorded in the EC gazette.

    She said these two 2004 general election results reveal show that the EC only rectify its results months after they had been announcement upon the discovery errors in the initial declarations.

    "I urge Wan Ahmad to maintain his neutrality as EC deputy chairperson and stop commenting on political parties's internal affairs, including party polls results.

    "He should look at his own backyard and make sure EC will run a clean and fair general election in 2013," added Kok.


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    MONDAY, 7 JANUARY 2013

    The ABC of Public Trust and Accountability.

    Let us teach UMNO people some ABC. How to conduct oneself in a transparent manner and show people we are committed to the principle of accountability.

    The UMNO people are going to town ridiculing DAP for making an error in counting the votes for Zairil K Johari and coming out in the open, owning up to the mistake. They would rather keep people in the dark, stealing from the country, making stupid statements when caught. A party coming out in the open showing all that its committed to the principle of transparency and more important on accountability is demeaned because of that? clearly then, it means transparency and accountability do not exist in UMNO’s vocabulary. Deceit and irresponsibility are.

    What would UMNO do? Use mistakes to defraud people? It’s better to keep and hide things from people? It’s better not to answer or even pretend not to know, the whereabouts of Puspahanas? Where is that damn thing? The government is not answering despite having given the leeching lady RM27 million of taxpayers’ money. Is Raja Ropiaah milking money on behalf of UMNO?

    It’s better to keep quiet and hide from people the whereabouts of the RM207 billion or whatever amount paid by Japan to some 30,000 death railway conscripted laborers? UMNO supports and condones silence and hiding malpractices such as the RM500 million commission earned by middlemen in the purchase of malfunctioning submarines. Or defrauding the people into believing that the proposed west coast expressway breaks new ground in the way piratization privatization is made? Whether the new west coast expressway of 223km costs RM31 million or RM 22 million per kilometer, people want to know what kind of stones and premix go into the building of the road? Why can’t JKR do it and make it toll free too? JKR can make it at probably a fraction of the cost. I am told by some JKR engineers, maybe at RM2.5 billion, much lesser than the soft loan given by UMNO to the contracting company. Are the bridges made of gold? People want to know how could a person associated with failure to pay debts owning to the Selangor government and having a company with a dismal business record can get the award for the highway?

    Even Muhyidin Yassin is talking a lot about the issue when there are so many other bigger issues. If Muhyidin takes over, the whole country is for sale. It’s a mistake to assume that just because Muhyidin seems to make the right noises in line what the majority of UMNO people feel, therefore MUhyidn in better than Najib. Muhyidin would serve as a better leader of the opposition in the next parliament compared to the political invertebrate people knows as Najib.

    Why should UMNO be concern with the number of Malays in DAP or at the failure of 7 Malays to get into the DAP’s CEC? UMNO should be more concern at why over 1 million of their members rejected UMNO candidates in 2008? Or more concern why more than 3 million Malays rejected UMNO in 2008.

    The elections commission should take the willingness of DAP to own up and come out in the open admitting its mistake and correcting it, as an object lesson of public accountability and responsibility. If the people helming the election commissions have any iota of self-worth and understand the concept of accountability and public responsibility, they should resign from their posts. The people at the elections commission, answerable to the King must not actually be neutral but must be seen to be neutral as well. If they were UMNO members, they should come out in the open. We are not asking you to commit seppuku- just own up and be a man. But then you were the products of a party that eschews accountability and truthfulness.

    Because UMNO thinks by focusing on DAP and making it out that DAP is anti-Malay and Malay interests, Malays will by default, come back into UMNO’s death embrace. You go back to UMNO, you die is my simple message. It will be another 5 years of being bullied into believing you cannot exist apart from UMNO. What has UMNO done that cannot be done better by other people? It’s impossible for anyone to do any worse than what UMNO has done.

    The mistake made by DAP does not affect the welfare of the country nor solve many of the problems faced by Malays as a result of UMNO’s misrule and incompetence. The mistake by DAP does not alter the fact that for 55 years, especially so after 1981, UMNO has misled the Malays. For the same number of years, UMNO has also bullied and misled the Malay Royalty frightening the latter to believe that without UMNO, the institution is finished. So you find members of the Royal House openly supporting UMNO. If they make the bed, so they must lie on it. People will openly express their feelings on such political adventurism.

    UMNO prefers defrauding people rather than owning up to a simple mistake. It’s in UMNO’s DNA- defrauding and hiding the truth from people.

    It was a simple mistake or like the UMNO people say- a schoolboy mistake. UMNO should be applauding at the idea of owning up to a simple mistake. More important, it’s a matter of principle. DAP is willing to endure ridicule and mockery for the sake of being transparent. Now, that is something which is absolutely alien to UMNO culture. So we should not be unduly perturbed by UMNO’s sanctimony and sudden piousness about being truthful. They never are.

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