Contradictory acts of Malaysia’s ROS, post-polls troubles ahead for DAP/PR?

The DAP CEC and party leadership was elected at the last DAP Congress some 4 months ago. However, the Malaysia’s ROS choose to declare its intention of not recognizing the DAP leadership just a mere 48 hours before Nomination Day (which was last Saturday) for the 13th Malaysian elections. This has led to much criticisms among the public and questions over the ROS’ motives.

On Nomination Day, candidates choosing to stand under a political party must submit an authorization letter signed by the party leader before the Returning Officer can approve of he/she standing under the party banner and using the party symbol.

Henceforth, the ROS’ decision not to recognize the DAP leadership means that the party’s authorization letter would be invalid in the eyes of the law, and that DAP’s candidates could end up not being able to use the party’s Rocket logo for the first time in history!

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The ROS’ decision caused much confusion leading up to Nomination Day. Subsequently, the night before Nomination Day, the ROS sent DAP a letter by hand indicating that it has no objection with the DAP using its Rocket logo.

The latest decision by the ROS is troublesome. How can a party continues to use its symbol after the ROS refuse to recognize its leadership? ROS do not recognize the DAP leadership, but DAP candidates can still use the DAP symbol? Isn’t that contradictory?

It is contradictory and illogical, and the latest ROS’ decision could submit the DAP for future troubles in the post-election period. For those who doubt the independence of the ROS, it is always a possibility that the ROS could create a win-win situation for the ruling BN – whereby ROS can remain quiet if DAP fares badly in the polls, but can also bring up the legal issues regarding the contradiction (which I mentioned in the preceding paragraph) should the DAP performs well.

Could the latter situation possibly see newly elected DAP MPs being disqualified and the seats subjected to by-elections?

If that situation does happen in the post-elections period, perhaps one can only put much blame on the ROS, for coming up with a bombshell just 48 hours before Nomination Day (although the issue at hand surfaced some 4 months ago), and only to seemingly retract that bombshell in a contradictory manner. One should not blame the DAP, for they had only less than 48 hours to react to the bombshell, and a mere few hours before the ROS’ “retraction”.

In the spirit of free, fair, and clean elections, I believe international and domestic observers of the 13th Malaysian general elections will condemn the many last-minute actions of the ROS, which created much uncertainty leading up to the polls.

Under such situations, it will only be up to Malaysians to decide if it is time to Change and Reform, for a better Hope and future.

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