Mukhriz tells RoS its ok to bend the law

TTF: Imagine this scenario – you write in to JPJ proposing reasons you should be allowed to drive without a valid driver’s license. The director-general of the JPJ then responds by saying he would need a week to scrutinise your proposal, but reminds you that it is against the law to do what you plan to do. When he doesn’t get back to you in official capacity, you go ahead and drive without a license, telling everyone that the director-general is at fault for not responding to you.

Makes sense?

Apparently, it does to Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, who, on the 22nd of December 2017, insisted that the failure of RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim to issue an official response to some waiver proposals he submitted was reason enough for PPBM to press ahead with an AGM. 

“Because time is running short for PPBM to hold an AGM this year, therefore on December 8, I had once again written a letter to the Registrar of Societies director-general to notify PPBM’s intention to hold the AGM before December 31″ 

While he did make note of Surayati ‘s week-log requirement to scrutinise his proposals, he conveniently ignored her caution that the the party needed to conduct its AGM pursuant to its constitution which, for all intents and purposes, required that all branches and divisions conduct their respective elections first.

The fact that several branches and divisions had yet to do so effectively rendered the 30th of December 2017 AGM null and void.

“The ROS has done its job in accordance with the law. As I said earlier, an organisation should abide by its own constitution and the Societies Act 1966,” Surayati told newsmen on the 25th of November 2017.

See the irony yet?

On the one hand, Mukhriz claimed that his decision to press ahead with the AGM was hinged solely on Surayati’s failure to issue an official response to his 23rd of November 2017 proposal. But on the other hand, he took Surayati to her word that she needed a week to scrutinise his proposals, meaning, he recognised the 25th of November 2017 statement she issued to the media as official.

Under the circumstances, should he have not taken heed of Surayati’s caution – which she issued that very day – that all organisations needed to abide by their respective party constitutions and the Societies Act 1966? The fact that the RoS director-general said she needed a week to scrutinise the proposals is in no way a guarantee offered that she would revert on the matter or an excuse for anyone to bend rules.

Furthermore, Surayati had made it clear as early as the 16th of November 2017 that PPBM’s failure to hold an AGM within a year of its formation would put the party at risk of being deregistered.

“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,” she was quoted as saying.

Yet, Mukhriz wants you to believe that it is ok to bend rules if your proposals requesting special allowances is ignored. Can you see how dumb this son of Mahathir can get?

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News item by NST:

PUTRAJAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has received 249 complaints from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members to date.

In revealing this today, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said RoS was obligated to look into all of these complaints.

“Out of the 249 complaints, 47 of them so far have elements that the party is violating its own constitution as well as the party’s rules and regulations,” he said after chairing a special committee meeting to address Johor Causeway congestion issues.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said RoS had been executing its duties in a professional manner, with no affiliated interest with any organisation.

He said this in response to criticisms leveled against RoS by some PPBM leaders.

“As someone who once led a government before, he (PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) should know that during his time, too, the same rules and regulations applied as stipulated under the Societies Act 1966.

“The act states that the RoS has been tasked to look after the interests of the people, especially members of any association, including political parties, based on the organisations’ respective constitutions.

“Don’t blame the RoS when those who pointing fingers do not follow their own party’s constitution,” he said.

To behave in such a manner, Zahid added, would reflect their own “kejahilan” (ignorance).

PPBM’s failure to carry out meetings at branch and division levels before holding its annual general meeting (AGM) was one of the complaints lodged by its own members.

“Those who attended the PPBM AGM were not representatives chosen by the party division and branch members,” said Zahid.

It was reported that the PPBM constitution states that those attending the party AGM must be representatives chosen at division and branch level. The complaints lodged against PPBM were that since these divisions and branches did not hold their elections, the AGM should be null and void.

On DAP, Zahid said RoS had sent a letter to the party on Monday to inform the party of its findings regarding the central executive committee re-election held last year.

He said RoS had concluded that the re-election had adhered to all the necessary requirements.

“The letter is to acknowledge the re-election process and that DAP had complied with RoS directives (which in turn were) based on the party’s constitution,” he said.

The CEC re-election was held after RoS received complaints over the DAP CEC election that was held in 2012 and DAP CEC re-election on Sept 29, 2013.

Source: NST Online

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