PKR faces de-registration threat

By Shannon Teoh | May 19, 2011
The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, May 19 — PKR is facing de-registration after receiving a show-cause letter from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) alleging the party had violated its constitution.

The RoS said in its letter that PKR had sacked a member without the matter being heard by the party’s disciplinary board.

But the party said today that the clause in question did not exist in its constitution, and accused the RoS of acting in bad faith ahead of a general election that PKR said could be called as early as July.

The letter sent by Registrar Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman on May 9 said that PKR had “wilfully violated Clause 32.2.1 of the party constitution by sacking Rajagopal A/L Andaikkalam on 01/04/2009 and 27/04/2009 without first being investigated and heard by the disciplinary board”.

Abdul Rahman, citing Section 13 (2) of the Societies Act, said the RoS would deregister the party after June 9 unless it was given satisfactory reasons otherwise.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution told a press conference today that Clause 32 had no subsections, and did not pertain to disciplinary procedures.

“All it says is that if there is any dispute in the interpretation of the constitution or matters relating to the national congress, the supreme council’s interpretation will be taken as final,” Saifuddin, who is Machang MP, said.

“The RoS had to approve our constitution, so they have a copy of it, but now they cite a clause that does not even exist,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is widely expected to call elections within the year. His Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will be holding a dry run after Umno’s party polls in July.

But some people have speculated that the election will be held then.

Saifuddin today said that the RoS had also made several mistakes in the letter, as the member the party had sacked was named A. Jayagopal, and he was sacked on April 26, 2009.

He said Jayagopal was sacked for contesting in the Bukit Selambau by-election as an independent against PKR candidate S. Manikumar, who won the seat in voting on April 7, 2009.

“We had released a memo on March 11 that year that any member contesting against a candidate endorsed by the party would be sacked,” he said.

Political bureau member R. Sivarasa said the registrar had acted in bad faith as Section 13 of the Societies Act said “if the Registrar is satisfied”.

“The letter says we wilfully broke the rules by sacking a person (who) does not exist on a date where no such thing happened,” Subang MP Sivarasa, a lawyer, said. “How can the RoS say it is satisfied to use its power?”

Sivarasa said the act was “stupid and frivolous but with serious implications ahead of the general elections”, and the party saw “the fingerprints and signature of Barisan Nasional” behind the move.

He said there was no need to bring Jayagopal before the disciplinary board as “he was contesting against the party in a by-election. It is a public and undeniable fact.

“No party in the world will allow such a thing.”

Saifuddin today sent a reply to the RoS, as secretary-general of the party.

“We have no choice but to conclude that your action is politically motivated, in bad faith and aimed to stop PKR from taking part in the coming general election,” he wrote in the letter.

PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang told reporters that this was the latest in a spate of recent attacks against the party, referring to sex video allegations against de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and text messages threatening to kidnap his granddaughter.

“These are not isolated,” Chua said. “This is not just a mistake by an officer. These plans come from the very top, and the home minister and prime minister must answer if there is a plot to marginalise opposition parties.”

The Malaysian Insider understands that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is likely to delay snap polls until the end of this year or early 2012 as his party hunts for funds to finance a campaign to court Bumiputera and Indian voters and secure a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

It is believed Umno’s coffers were depleted after BN spent some RM500 million for the April 16 Sarawak election.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, however, told The Malaysian Insider that he believed Umno’s increasingly ultra-Malay stance as well as the emergence of a sex video aimed at discrediting PR’s image were definite signs that general elections would be called by August.

But BN insiders say Najib is cautious about calling elections so soon as he wants to regain the coalition’s two-thirds parliamentary majority, which now appears impossible with the Chinese snub continuing in the Sarawak election.

Chinese-based MCA took a battering in the historic 2008 general election — which also robbed BN of its customary two-thirds majority — when the party won only 15 out of 40 parliamentary seats it contested.

  1. #1 by Thinking Two on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 2:26 pm

    This is a bolehLand.
    Anything can happen as long as it is to the benefits of the Big Mouth.
    “…… all cost”

  2. #2 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 3:02 pm

    Ohhj. What cowardice is this umno? such cowards. a bunch of good for yelping cowards like crusade toad. kalau takut kalah tak payah jadi gobermen la bodoh.

  3. #3 by Loh on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 3:11 pm

    What happens if ROS deregister PKR, and the Election Commission refuses to accept PKR candidates in GE 13? They are all powerful and BN will claim to be returned to power once again.

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha………..

    Then it proves they are also capable of murdering parties.

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:04 pm

    If Rajagopal A/L Andaikkalam is pro-BN, that will further prove that RoS is carrying out instructions from its political masters.

  6. #6 by negarawan on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:35 pm

    Maybe RoS should be deregistered first…..

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, whoever said UmnoB Malays r not pandai n creatif?
    NR will call 4 GE, PKR nominates candidates vs UmnoB/BN candidates, 1 vs 1, then PKR deregistered n all PKR candidates thrown out; UmnoB/BN candidates pronounced elected unopposed, massive win by NR & RM-led UmnoB/BN
    Dis is truly a brilliant culling n checkmate move

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:39 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, whoever said UmnoB Malays r not pandai n creatif?
    NR will call 4 GE, PKR nominates candidates vs UmnoB/BN candidates, 1 vs 1, then PKR deregistered n all PKR candidates thrown out; UmnoB/BN candidates pronounced elected unopposed, massive win by NR & RM-led UmnoB/BN

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:45 pm

    NR will call 4 GE, PKR candidates lawan BN candidates, 1 lawan 1, then PKR de registered n all PKR candidates tak jadi; BN candidates elected unopposed, massif win by NR & RM-led UmnoB/BN, senang saja

  10. #10 by Godfather on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:56 pm

    This is not brilliant, this is stupid and irresponsible, and will further alienate those who are educated. This is probably some civil servant who is desperately trying to impress UMNO so that he can get some goodies from the nation’s coffers.

  11. #11 by baochingtian on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:02 pm

    “All Men Are Brothers” except the BN Banana Nerds. We need to identify who is the one “Kang Gong” (Chiang Gong / Gong Ming Ge Ge) to wipe out the nerds …

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:39 pm

    I remember way back I argued strenously in this blog against PR’s registering as a society under the Societies Act 1966. Once registered as a society you come immediately under regulatory regime of the buracrat Registrar of Societies who has full access to infoirmation of the Society’s finances and accounts and details of office bearers and is in the position as and when to deregister the society in accordance to what he interprets as non adherence of the rules and regulations of the Societioes Act. Any appeal against Registrar goes to Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Hishamuddin Hussein.

  13. #13 by Loh on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Members of deregistered PKR can become DAP members and stand for election. That makes DAP also look multiracial.

  14. #14 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:53 pm

    The elections is slated to be held on 11th of July this year. Why?

    Because of the date 7-11, Najib’s and Rosmah’s favourite hangout.

  15. #15 by dagen on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:55 pm

    Either way umno will win in the end. Deregister PKR and a chunck of opposition would be gone by mere technicality. So GE13 would yeild results in favour of umno. At the same time such drastic and wholly irresponsible, illegal and idiotic action by umno is in fact an instigation to riot in which case umno would be justified to send in the army and the FRU to maintain control. So again umno wins.

    So we hv got to play this game carefully. Just when we all thought we saw the worst of umno with the sex tape involving a man I believe to be tamby and an indon pros, umno now show us a much deeper bottom to which they can sink. Get ready to take in PKR people, DAP. Umno will do all they can to sabotage pakatan. That is for sure.

  16. #16 by dagen on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 5:59 pm

    Umno has no regard for the law. ROS will be given the go ahead by umno to deregister even if ROS has no legal basis, whatsoever. The point is then PKR would be left with no alternative but to seek legal redress. Legal process takes time. And that is all umno needs. A time window in which to call election without PKR.

  17. #17 by ktteokt on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 7:12 pm

    What if PKR is deregistered? The candidates have been well known since GE12, so with or without PKR, they will still win standing as indepedents!!!!!

  18. #18 by negarawan on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 7:48 pm

    So what if PKR is deregistered, come out with PKR Baru…

  19. #19 by boh-liao on Friday, 20 May 2011 - 8:40 am

    It’s d TIMING of deregistration, my dear
    PKR most likely deregistered AFTER nomination day n BEFORE polling day, then, tra la, BN candidates win unopposed!

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