Sunday, June 30, 2013
Ladang Paroi deputy chairman David Dass (right) says he was among those who did not receive any letter to attend the annual general meeting of his branch.
Two Indian-led branches fail to receive notice to convene AGMs
SEREMBAN: DAP has come under another round of fresh allegations that it is marginalising the party's Indian members.
The allegation comes from two Indian-led DAP branches in Negri Sembilan which failed to receive notice to convene their branch annual general meetings (AGMs).
The leaders are upset their branches were removed by their headquarters from a list of branches supposed to hold their AGMs.
DAP Desa Dahlia branch president Richard Francis Soosay said he had no inkling as to why his branch was removed from the list although he had never resigned from the party.
"We have waited patiently until today as it's the last day to issue the notice. The party branch should be given seven days' notice to conduct an AGM according to the party's constitution.
"We believe this is DAP's tactic to marginalise and terminate those branches whose leaders were vocal in their disapproval in the party."
DAP Nilai Perdana deputy president S. Rajashegher said the action taken by DAP headquarters showed the party's aim to marginalise Indians in the party. This is because most of individuals whose names were terminated from the party's list recently comprised Indian members.
"This time, whole branches were terminated. It is unseemly to deny our rights as we are still legal DAP members and possess 'Certificate A', which indicates that the branch has paid its annual fees and thus qualified to hold its AGM."
He said DAP members sacked by the party should have been given notices and 14 days time to justify the sacking to the party's disciplinary board.
Present were Ladang Paroi DAP deputy chairman David Dass, former Negri Sembilan Wanita DAP deputy chief K. Saroja Devi, Taman Tuanku Jaafar DAP branch chairman S. Palniyandi and Taman Paroi DAP branch deputy chairman P. Jeganath.
Dass said his rights were denied when he did not receive any letter to attend his branch AGM recently.
"The same goes for leaders from the Ladang Regent and Taman Tuanku Jaafar DAP branches."
He believes this was due to his vocal views on party matters.
Dass said he and others not issued formal notices would lodge complaints with the Registrar of Societies in Putrajaya tomorrow.
He also urged state opposition chief Anthony Loke Siew Fook, who is also DAP organising secretary, to step down.