"All eight Malay DAP leaders who contested for central executive committee (CEC) posts lost badly at 16th DAP Congress here.
The results show that the party, dominated by the Chinese, does not make room for Malay candidates including Zairil Khir Johari (picture) who served as political secretary to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Zairil only received 305 votes while his boss, Lim garnered 1,576 votes.
A total of 1,823 delegates voted to choose 20 DAP leaders for the 2012-2015 term..."
"There is no change. The results is a setback for Malay candidates. Perhaps the top leaders who contested want to take care of their own interests, not the party's interests."
All eight DAP Malay leaders lose badly in CEC polls
According to Malaysiakini's report:
"Despite a surge of new delegates, from 948 in 2008 to 1,846 this year, there was not much change in the voting pattern for the new Central Executive Committee (CEC) line-up..."
Kit Siang leads the pack again at DAP polls
"Perhaps the top leaders who contested want to take care of their own interests, not the party's interests."
I wish to comment on the above statement.
I believe the elected 20 CEC members will appoint some Malay leaders to make up the total of 30. I think the Malay leaders lost because of the lack of support due to the small number of Malay members. The election, being democratic, was beyond the control of DAP leaders. I am sure, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and Karpal Singh, were just as anxious about how the delegates would vote. Of course, it would be nice to have the most votes, which by itself was an indication of popular support. This would carry weight in hierarchy and in decision-making.
With the benefit of hindsight, the above statement seems to suggest that LKS or LGE should not have so many votes because it affected the popularity of the Malay leaders. If we cannot avoid the fact that in Malaysia, most things are race-based, then the best way to have more Malay leaders is to increase the number of Malay members. Just imagine DAP having majority Malay members and this problem of not having elected Malay CEC members would be solved.
I am wondering why Dato Ariff Sabri did not take part in the election. I wonder how he would have fared in it.
Update: Dato Ariff's take...
"A few friends called to ask, did you lose in the DAP elections? I said I did not lose nor did I win. I did not contest..."
"...the unsuccessful bid for places in DAP’s CEC is more a case for being relative unknowns. Malay DAP leaders if they wish to get into the CEC must catch the attention and imagination of DAP delegates. Which means the Malays in DAP must earn their keep and keep their peace. Don’t go doing a Tunku Aziz stunt. "
"...Applied to the present case of the absence of elected Malays DAP leaders- it means that you come into an organization with its own internal dynamics, expecting to be served, expecting to get ahead by way of cutting corners. Recognition, respect and appreciation must now be earned instead of demanding into being accepted because of perceived stature.
All of us, not only Malays must now begin to think if we have not already done so, that we move on in life being assessed by (1) what we can do rather than who we are. That would depend on our abilities, resolve and single-mindedness. (2) We must believe that anyone and not just specific persons with specific surnames can do specific jobs. .."
Family dynasties still in control of DAP