KUALA LUMPUR – The extension provided to Umno to hold its party election is invalid as it was made under a non-existent clause of its constitution, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
Muhyiddin, who is the former Umno deputy president, said there was no such thing as Clause 10.17 in the Umno’s constitution, which the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had granted the party a year’s extension under the clause.
He said the issue had just raised more questions on the current status of Umno and called for RoS to provide its explanation.
“They (Umno) said that the party is still alive as (the extension) was approved by RoS under Clause 10.17,” he said while delivering his speech at the Dewan Rakyat today.
“However, a check we have conducted on Umno’s constitution revealed that no such clause existed. I said this as I was the party’s former constitution committee chairman. They cannot lie to me.”
On March 5, the RoS confirmed that it had provided an approval of an extension for Umno to hold its supreme council election, stating that it was in line with Clause 10.17.
The RoS in a statement said the clause allowed for the postponement of the election at the Supreme Council, Division and Branch levels, to not more than 18 months from the date it should have been held.
A check on Umno’s constitution has confirmed that Clause 10.17 does not exist.
However, Clause 10.16 of the constitution provides for the same extension as cited by RoS in the statement.
Questioning the RoS’ judgement, Muhyiddin said the opposition parties were not being provided with similar treatment, with both DAP and PPBM had faced the issue of deregistration from the registrar.
“It was Umno which has clearly violated its own constitution by postponing its party polls for more than 18 months,” he said.
“Why is there no action from the RoS,? Are they following the orders of government? I want an explanation.”