KUALA LUMPUR – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) may not be allowed to contest in the 14th general election if it fails to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) first, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) said today.

RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim said PPBM, which has been a registered political party for more than a year is in violation of its own constitution and the 1966 Societies Act for failing to hold its AGM within a year after its formation.

“Bersatu was formed more than a year ago (September 2016), if we follow the constitution, they must have an AGM. The excuse that there are weaknesses within the party’s inner structure is of no concern to us.

“They should be prepared, not give excuses about party troubles. This must be resolved immediately so that they gave hold their AGM and take part in the general election,” Sinar Harian Online quoted the official as saying.

In response, PPBM secretary-general Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh said they will be meeting the RoS on November 30 to clarify matters regarding the party’s constitution and the Societies Act 1966.

“With regards to the AGM, PPBM has submitted an application to the RoS to postpone it to 2018 in light of the fact that PPBM is still in the process of forming branches throughout the country,” he said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Shahruddin said that PPBM’s constitution dictates that divisional delegates who are to attend the AGM must be picked from the party’s branches, and this cannot happen until and unless the said branches have been formed and registered with the RoS.

– Malay Mail