Audit finds Registrar of Societies failing in duties

Auditor-General’s 2012 Report (16)
by Koh Jun Lin
Oct 2, 2013

AUDIT REPORT In contrast with the crackdown on DAP by the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS), the Auditor-General’s Report 2012 has found that enforcement by the ROS lacking.

Among others, a check on its files kept in its Putrajaya, Penang, Johor and Pahang has shown that 90 societies have not submitted any report to the ROS, but no notice was issued against them.

This includes files of 17 of the 31 political parties included in the Putrajaya audit, and that of 150 non-political organisations from the three states.

The report notes that under Section 14 of the Societies Act 1966, organisations registered under the ROS must file a report with the regulator within 60 days of its annual general meeting (AGM), or within 60 days of the end of the calendar year if no AGM is held.

The registrar is supposed to order the errant groups to provide him with the required information, failing which would result in the organisation’s deregistration.

“In the auditor’s opinion, monitoring on the submission of annual statements by organisations is unsatisfactory because of ROS’s failure to monitor all registered organisations and take action in accordance to existing rules,” the report said.

The ROS replied that starting from Jan 2012, it has issued reminders to registered organisations to submit their reports, and the eRoses come online since Jan 2013 to aid monitoring.

Of late, the ROS had ordered DAP to hold a re-election of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) members over alleged irregularities at its last party polls

The party has denied the allegations but held the reelection “under protest” on Sunday, claiming that the order was unjustified but it could not risk “arbitrary deregistration”.

Among other issues raised in the auditor-general’s report regarding ROS include:

*The ROS has not given its decision for 15 out of 31 applications to form new political parties, some of which have been waiting since 2010. Of these, 12 were attributed to the ROS not receiving feedback from the Home Ministry’s National Registration Affairs and Organisation Division, which is supposed to vet the applications.

*The ROS had been slow in investigating complaints or gazetting deregistered organisations.

*The ROS has only six officers in its monitoring department of each state, and each officer monitors an average of 2,138 organisations.
The auditor-general rated the ROS’ overall performance as “unsatisfactory”.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 6:26 pm

    ROS only goes after DAP and not the other parties because DAP is a big threat to BN’s survival. ROS has become BN’s stooge in attempts to bring down DAP.

  2. #2 by DAP man on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 7:35 pm

    The ROS is very busy checking on the DAP that it has no time nor manpower to check on others. Oh yes, BN par
    ties are exempted from any action.

  3. #3 by Winston on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 9:20 pm

    These well kept dogs will obey every wish as a command by their masters in the ruling party!

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 11:14 pm

    ‘ … The auditor-general rated the ROS’ overall performance as “unsatisfactory”. ..’.

    The A-G need not tell us. We already know.

    Muahahahahahahaha !

  5. #5 by Noble House on Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 2:03 am

    But in the case of the DAP, the RoS’ performance has been exemplary!

  6. #6 by Joshua on Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 5:25 am

    As a victim of the injustice or failure of ROS, how do we find solution except to make complaints which are also likely ignored? Where do we go to and Courts are also useless too!!!

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 8:31 am

    Honestly, nothing surprising – terrorist even just administrative/political ones ALWAYS mess up. Be it Al-Qaeda, Neo-Cons, or ROS, they always messes up.. Its really ultimately the trumph card against them

  8. #8 by Sallang on Friday, 4 October 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Now that the Auditor General’s report have exposed so much weaknesses and wastage, is it OK to ask BN to ‘Step down’, and hand over the baton?
    I think the A-G ‘s department is the most transparent and neutral.
    This department should be given the most power, even to replace MACC and answerable to the King.

    In memory of Teoh Beng Hock, to die because of only RM2400.

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