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Despite failing 30pc target, DAP says more women leaders now

Teresa Kok said although there was a proposal to increase women representation to 30 per cent, it could not be done because the RoS failed to recognise the previous CEC re-election in 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy MayTeresa Kok said although there was a proposal to increase women representation to 30 per cent, it could not be done because the RoS failed to recognise the previous CEC re-election in 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — The DAP was unable to implement its proposed 30 per cent women representation because its leadership re-election on Sunday could not be done according to its latest constitution, Teresa Kok said.

Despite that, the DAP deputy secretary-general said compared to just 10 per cent previously, women now constitute 20 per cent of the central executive committee (CEC) line-up, or six out of 30 members.

“In the present or new CEC, women constitute 20 per cent of the total number of the CEC. There is an increase of women representation,” she told Malay Mail Online.

The Seputeh MP said although there was a proposal to increase women representation to 30 per cent, it could not be done because the Registrar of Societies (RoS) failed to recognise the previous CEC re-election in 2013.

The 2012 CEC election was marred by a tabulation error.

“This means the decision on the amended constitution passed earlier cannot be enforced today,” she said.

Explaining further, Kok said the three additional women members that had been co-opted to the committee was what that increased women representation in the committee.

“Women members in the old CEC were myself, Chong Eng and Teo Nie Ching. Only 10 per cent of the total numbers of CEC.

“Women members who have been co-opted into the CEC now include Hannah Yeoh, Yeo Bee Yin and Jannie Lasimbang,” she said.

Once the RoS recognises Sunday’s party leadership and election results, Kok said the party will then amend the constitution to increase women representation to 30 per cent.

DAP finalised its 30-member CEC lineup Sunday with Tan Kok Wai and Gobind Singh Deo appointed chairman and the deputy respectively.

However, the new line-up has been criticised for its lack of diversity, with male ethnic Chinese leaders making up the majority.

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