Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Politics of eunuch - baseless claims!

Recently, I had been criticised by Sdr Ong Chee Keng, former Selangor DAP Chairman as "eunuch" or practicising "politics of eunuch" which is an extremely impolite and defaming phrase to use against me and other DAP comrades.

No only that, he also described other CEC members as being so.

In order to clear the air on what happened during the Central Executive Committee meeting on 22nd January 2007, I would like to post part of a statement issued by DAP Secretary-General Sdr Lim Guan Eng on such fierce allegation that Sdr Ong Chee Keng thrown on us, which he to date refused to refuse and apologise.

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DAP is a democratic party that belongs to its members. Members have the right to choose their own leaders. Since I became Secretary-General in 2004, the CEC have adopted my position of allowing State committees to function and not interfering in the leadership of State Committees. The CEC has not taken over State Committees since 2004 and do not intend doing so unless there is no choice.

As DAP Secretary-General, I have my hands full and have no intention of leading any State Committees. I had made this clear not only to Selangor state leaders and Sdr Ong Chee Kin but also to other states. I therefore regret allegations that the present leadership controversy in Selangor is caused by me wanting to come to Selangor as completely false and baseless. Becoming DAP SG is enough, as it is the highest post in the party and the greatest honour to me.

The CEC also discussed the complaints made by Sdr Ong Chee Kin on the emergency meeting by the Selangor State Committee on 12.1.2007 that removed him as State Chair. After free and frank discussions, the CEC decided to exercise its powers under Clause 11(5) of the party constitution to direct the Selangor State Committee to convene an emergency meeting on 8 pm Thursday 25.1.2007 at the DAP Selangor Headquarters to conduct a verification exercise on the leadership question relating to no-confidence motion and re-election.

CLAUSE XI DUTIES OF THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
5. The Central Executive Committee shall establish Branches and State Committees of the Party in Malaysia for such areas and states respectively at such times as it shall deem proper. It shall at all times guide and control the work of the Branches and State Committees in accordance with the policies laid down by the Party Congress and the objects of the Party.

The meeting shall be conducted by DAP National Legal Bureau Chair, Perak DAP Chair and ADUN for Sitiawan Sdr Ngeh Koo Ham. The meeting on Thursday night was fixed with the prior agreement of Sdr Ong Chee Kin as he said he was not free tomorrow night and had a court matter in Pahang on Wednesday.

DAP State Chairpersons are elected by members of the state committee. Members of the state committee are elected by branches. To be qualified to stand as a Chair, he or she must be a state committee member. As such State Committees elect State Chair and other office-bearers. Such powers to elect come also with the powers to remove.

Ong Chee Kin Abruptly Tendered His Resignation After Failing To Withdraw And Apologise For Personally Attacking CEC Leaders As Eunuchs.
After the decision to fix the emergency Selangor State committee meeting was fixed on Thursday night, I had asked Sdr Ong whether he wanted to make any further complaints on the Selangor leadership controversy. Sdr Ong said he had no more complaints to make and had nothing more to pursue at that point.

I then asked Sdr Ong to explain his conduct in the press that is detrimental to the party in:
a) making false allegations against DAP CEC leaders and blaming CEC leaders for causing his ouster as Selangor DAP Chair as such baseless allegations are not supported by factual events or also by CEC witnesses including DAP National Vice-Chair Sdr M. Kulasegaran and National Organising Secretary Sdr Tan Kok Wai.
b) unjustified and unwarranted personal attacks against DAP CEC leaders in language that are stronger than those he used against MCA leaders such as “eunuchs”;
c) continuing to make press statements damaging to the party and refusing to use the internal party mechanism to resolve internal party matters.

DAP leaders including myself had not responded to Ong’s press campaign of false allegations because we wanted to resolve all party problems internally.

CEC leaders were offended by Sdr Ong using the term “eunuchs” publicly in the press against CEC leaders, which is derogatory and uncultured. CEC leaders reminded Ong of the importance of working together as comrades and such public insults are false, uncomradely and unacceptable.

Many CEC leaders had sacrificed for the party by going to prison, arrested and beaten up by police or sued in court and to be called a “eunuch” is completely unjustified and irresponsible. Sdr Ong admitted that he used the words and refused to withdraw and apologise. Ong then abruptly announced his resignation from all posts.

For Sdr Ong to say in the press that he resigned in protest against the decision of the party of not following the constitution is not correct as he resigned because he did not want to apologise and withdraw the words “eunuch” hurled against CEC leaders..

Whether he has performed or not is for the members and leaders to decide. But he should not blame others for losing confidence of members or make false allegations why he was removed by 14 out of 20 Selangor State Committee members. Sdr Ong is well-educated but this does not give him the right to spread lies, which he has regrettably done so since the very first day he was ousted as State Chairman.

It is irresponsible to blame the party leadership when members exercise their democratic rights. DAP respect democratic principles in accordance with the party constitution and party leaders should avoid giving the public impression of trying to cling on to power after having lost confidence and support of the members.

The CEC urges all leaders and members to learn from this unfortunate episode that members must use the internal party mechanism to resolve internal problems. Failure to do so would result in the press highlighting negative reports that would only damage the party.

LIM GUAN ENG
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