High-profile MPs Tony Pua, Ong Kian Ming and Yeo Bee Yin have failed to defend their seats in the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC), after being voted out by delegates today.
Tony who was DAP National Publicity Chief, drew a mere 744 votes.
Both Kian Ming and Bee Yin who are Tony’s prodigees also failed to make it to the top 30.
For the record, Tony and Kian Ming had come under heavy criticism last year after suggesting that Pakatan Harapan (PH) should look into a proposed framework for bipartisan political cooperation put forward by then Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin just days before he resigned in August.
The political cooperation which was then named as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was subsequently signed between PH and UMNO’s Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The trio who are dubbed by political observers as the “Oxbridge faction”, trail far behind Sabah assembly member, Jannie Lasimbang who secured the last of the top 30 posts.
Jannie initially came in 31st spot while Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy came in 30th spot.
However, due to the party’s earlier constitutional amendment mandating that the CEC be made up of a minimum of 30% of women, the final slot in the CEC was instead given to Jannie.
The DAP electoral system follows a two-tier system where members elect their top 30 candidates to the CEC instead of specific positions.
The elected top 30 will then later appoint among themselves to fill the respective positions in the party. Their term will last until 2025.