ROS probe on DAP still ongoing, says Zahid

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The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has not completed its investigation into DAP, even though the party had conducted its leadership re-election more than two years ago, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

This is because the party has yet to comply with the advice of RoS, Zahid said in his capacity as home minister without elaborating.

"RoS is still conducting a thorough investigation on the DAP," he said in a written reply to Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) ( photo ) yesterday.

The DAP re-elected its new central executive committee on Sept 29, 2013, but RoS has refused to ratify the new leadership line-up.

In March, this year, the RoS said it was still receiving ‘new complaints’ about the the DAP’s re-election exercise.

Zahid said: "On April 3, 2014, RoS received letters from the DAP, which stated its application for a judicial review.

"On Sept 23, 2014, the party retracted its intention to summon RoS to the Kuala Lumpur High Court."

"Nevertheless, RoS is still continuing its investigation into DAP as it has yet to take action to comply with the RoS' advice," he added.

Loke wanted to know the status of the RoS investigation probe and how soon the application for setting up new branches would be approved.

BN using RoS to victimise DAP

In a press conference later, Loke said he was not aware of the RoS advice which the party has yet to comply.

"We do not know what advice he was referring to. We never received any letters on this.

"This is absolutely unfair to us for him to give such parliamentary answers," he said.

Loke then trained his gun on BN government, saying it was using the RoS to delay the probe.

"This is yet another conspiracy of BN using RoS to victimise us," he said, adding that over 200 new branches have yet to register with RoS.

Meanwhile, DAP legal bureau chief Gobind Singh Deo said he will advise the party's central executive committee (CEC) to discuss possible legal action on this matter.

The party can seek judicial review in court to declare whether a two-year probe is reasonable when the tenure for CEC is only three years, said Gobind (DAP-Puchong).

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