Friday, 20 May 2011

PKR ordered by ROS to show cause or faces deregistration





PKR all riled up over ROS show-cause letter threatening to de-register party

 By MAZWIN NIK ANIS, The Star

PETALING JAYA: PKR is crying foul over a show-cause letter from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) asking the party to state "satisfactory reasons" why it should not be de-registered for violating Article 32.2.1 of the party's constitution.

Party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who claimed Thursday that such a regulation did not exist, said PKR had received the letter from the ROS, signed by registrar Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman, dated May 9.

He said the ROS claimed PKR had intentionally violated its constitution by sacking Rajagopal Andaikkalam on April 1 and April 27 in 2009, without the matter being brought up or investigated by the party's discplinary board.

Saifuddin alleged there was bad intention on ROS' part in sending the show-cause letter because the party could not have violated an article in its constitution which did not even exist.

He said there were 33 Articles in the PKR constitution and Article 32 read that if there was any dispute in the interpretation of the constitution, what was interpreted by its leadership council would be deemed correct and final.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said the letter was issued according to ROS procedure and that PKR was given the opportunity to explain its position.

"When the ROS issues the notice, according to the Societies Act 1966, the party concerned is required to reply within the time specified, using the same channel, instead of using the media channel because this is considered improper," he said.

He said the notice was according to Sub-Section (2), Section 13, Societies Act 1966, whereby PKR was given until June 9 to give satisfactory reasons why the party's registration should not be revoked.



 ROS asks PKR to show cause

PETALING JAYA: PKR is crying foul over a show cause letter issued by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on why the party should not be deregistered for violating the party's constitution.

The party received the letter from the ROS, signed by its registrar Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman dated May 9, asking the party to state “satisfactory reasons” as to why it should not be deregistered for violating Article 32.2.1 of the party's constitution.

The ROS claimed that PKR had intentionally violated its constitution by sacking one Rajagopal Andaikkalam on April 1 and April 27 in 2009 without the matter being brought up or investigated by the party's discplinary board. It has been given until June 9 to respond.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail alleged there was bad intention on the part of the ROS in issuing the show cause letter because the party could not have violated an article which did not exist in its constitution.

He said there were 33 articles in the PKR constitution and Article 32 read that if there was any dispute in the interpretation of the constitution, what was interpreted by its leadership council would be deemed correct and final.

“Even the name of the alleged member whom we had sacked is wrong. We took action against Jayagopal Andaikkalam and the leadership council made the decision on April 26, 2009 and not on the dates claimed by the ROS,” he told a press conference, adding a reply had been sent to the ROS yesterday.

Saifuddin said PKR had sacked Jayagopal for taking part in the Bukit Selambau by-election in 2009 with the intention of contesting against the party's candidate.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman said the letter was issued according to ROS' procedure and that PKR was given the opportunity to explain its position.

In an immediate response, Jayagopal said the party should face the music for contravening Article 32.2.1 of its constitution.

“Any amendment to the party constitution does not give the party immunity against discrepancies committed prior to the amendment,” he said.

-The Star May 20, 2011

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