Press Digest - Act according to law, Gerakan tells Dong Zong

PETALING JAYA: Gerakan vice-president Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai urged Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association) to exercise self-discipline and act according to law in dealing with all its internal affairs to not give the Registrar of Societies an excuse to intervene.

He said the Chinese education movement's handling of various issues lately has received wide coverage in the Chinese press, be it the Dec 7 extraordinary general meeting (EGM) called by president Yap Sin Tian, the requisition by six Dong Liang Hui (affiliates) for an EGM to remove Yap's deputy Chow Siew Hon late last month, or the minutes of its annual general meeting held on June 23 last year, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today.

"Both the ayesayers and naysayers (within Dong Zong) insisted they are right, with each camp accusing the other of not acting in accordance with the organisation's constitution," he said in a press statement on Tuesday.

"This has me worried," he said, expressing fear that should this state of affairs continues unchecked, or should some members lodge complaints with the Registrar of Societies against Dong Zong, "it may lead to serious consequences".

Lau urged the differing quarters within Dong Zong to put aside personal grudges for the greater interest of the Chinese education in the country.

He also reminded Dong Zong leaders who wear more than one hat not to bring politics into the Chinese education organisation to achieve their political agendas.

Meanwhile, a former secretary-general of Dong Dong, Huang Si Shou urged Yap and Chow to step down from their posts to "save the organisation".

He is the second former secretary-general to voice support for a number of Dong Zong's affiliates who have called for the two leaders' resignation.





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