PUTRAJAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) does not recognise Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on Nov 2 last year as only 12 of its supreme council members attended the meeting.
“RoS has scrutinised the party’s ‘2016 EGM minutes’ and found that only 12 members of the supreme council had their attendance recorded,” said its director-general Surayati Ibrahim.
“Therefore, it is not recognised as an EGM or AGM (Annual General Meeting), which the party has yet to organise one since its inception, ROS director-general Surayati Ibrahim said, adding that this effectively meant that until today, the party has not organised any EGM or AGM.
“A media statement made by the party’s secretary-general claims that it organised an EGM on Nov 2, 2016, but the fact is that was only a supreme council meeting and not an EGM.
According to Surayati, Clause 28, which refers to amendment of Pribumi’s constitution, states that “any amendment to the party’s constitution must be endorsed by not less than 2/3 of the delegates present at the AGM or EGM”.
Surayati also highlighted the importance of adhering to the law and any political party’s respective constitution.
“The party leadership must know that the party’s constitution as well as laws relating to societies are a serious matter. In 1988, Umno was declared unlawful for contravening the party’s constitution and the Societies Act,” she said.
Surayati also said that Pribumi cannot use the term “Armada” to refer to its youth wing as it is not stated in the party’s constitution.
She said the RoS became aware of this issue after it received complaints from several sacked Armada exco members.
“Upon realising that ‘Armada’ does not exist in the party’s constitution, the sacked members felt cheated by the party. We received complaints from 33 members on this.
“The term ‘Armada’ is illegal and not recognised by the RoS, and its usage is an offence that could lead to serious action being taken against the party, including deregistration,” she said.
DON’T FORGET HOW UMNO WAS DE-REGISTERED DURING YOUR ERA, ROS TELLS DR M
MEANWHILE, according to Malaysaikini:
The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has cited the fate which befell Umno three decades ago in emphasising the seriousness of Bersatu’s situation.
Ironically, Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the president of Umno when the backbone of the ruling coalition BN was de-registered in 1988.
“Bersatu’s leadership should know that the party’s constitution and the laws regarding societies are serious matters.
“This happened in 1988 when Umno was declared illegal for violating its party constitution and the Societies Act,” said ROS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim at a press conference in Putrajaya.
Last week, the ROS warned that Bersatu could be deregistered if its Youth wing continued to use the Armada name.
Bersatu said that it had amended its constitution at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Nov 2, 2016.
However, Suriyati, in this evening’s press conference, described the EGM as a “supreme council meeting”.
“Bersatu said it held an EGM on Nov 2, 2016, but the fact is, it is only a supreme council meeting and not an EGM.
“The ROS has reviewed the meeting minutes of the 2016 Bersatu EGM and found that only 12 supreme council members were recorded to have attended,” she said.
Yesterday, the Youth wing said it would cease using the name Armada pending an approval from the ROS.
On Nov 8, Umno lawmaker Hasan Arifin, commenting on the 1988 crisis, accused Mahathir of deliberately allowing the de-registration to avoid a re-election for the top post between him and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
In that pivotal election, the former prime minister retained his position after defeating Tengku Razaleigh with a razor-thin majority of 43 votes.
Whereas Umno information chief Annuar Musa claimed that Mahathir prevented his political foes from joining Umno Baru which the latter formed following Umno’s de-registration.
Mahathir, together with former deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin, formed Bersatu as an alternative to Umno in their attempt to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Muhyiddin, who was the former Umno number two, is currently Bersatu’s president while Mahathir’s son Mukhriz is the deputy president.
ANN / MKINI