Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DAP leaders mum over Liu’s remarks on amendment to party constitution

DAP leaders mum over Liu’s remarks on amendment to party constitution

Loke Siew Fook (left) says DAP will ask the Registrar of Societies to approve the amendment to the party’s constitution, which Ronnie Liu has described as ‘undemocratic’.

PETALING JAYA: DAP leaders have remained reticent over a party central executive committee (CEC) member’s criticism of DAP’s move to amend its constitution.

On Sunday, DAP approved a motion to amend its party constitution so that elected representatives who do not toe the party line on fundamental issues would automatically lose their membership.

However, yesterday, CEC member Ronnie Liu said the decision suggests that DAP may no longer be democratic, adding that only the Registrar of Societies (RoS) can save the party from “deteriorating into an undemocratic entity”.

When contacted, several party leaders declined to comment on Liu’s remarks.

“Get Loke to comment,” one CEC member told FMT, referring to party secretary-general Loke Siew Fook.

Another CEC member said “no comment”, while other leaders simply blue-ticked the queries.

FMT has reached out to Loke for comment.

DAP had moved to amend its constitution to safeguard the party from what it called a “loophole” in the anti-hopping law, in which MPs sacked by their party do not have to vacate their seats.

Loke said the party will file an application with the RoS to update the party’s constitution, hoping that the amendment could be implemented before the next general election.

In a Facebook post, Liu said if the amendment had been in place in the past, he would have already been removed from the party since he had been vocal about various issues, such as the leadership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad when Pakatan Harapan was in power, the arrests of 12 people over links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

The Sungai Pelek assemblyman said that with the amendment, the CEC will have the right to issue any directive targeting any elected representative.

“God save DAP,” he said.


  1. This is the time to maintain party discipline and be coy about it.

    Liu probably has no option but to quit DAP

  2. Every organisation should have room for divergent opinions.

    However, after the leadership has taken due consideration of the range of opinions and made a proper decision, the members need to accept and move accordingly.
    If Ronnie insists on continuous criticism and opposition to the DAP's national leadership, there will be a point where he really should Leave or be Fired.

    For both DAP and Ronnie's sake.