Parti Rakyat Sarawak believes there is more than meets the eye with ROS' refusal to investigate Sabah People’s Front Party's complaints about SWP.
KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak has questioned the decision of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) not to investigate complaints by office-bearers of Sabah People’s Front Party (SPFP) who alleged that the transfer and change of SPFP’s name to Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) was fraudulent.
“Simply brushing aside the interested public by telling them to stop questioning the decision of ROS is not acceptable as it smells strongly of anti-transparency,” said Wilson Nyabong, PRS information chief.
Nyabong, who is also political secretary to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, was commenting on a statement made by a senior official of ROS in Putrajaya.
The official said that ROS wanted all quarters to stop questioning the legality of SWP.
“Let’s move on and get on to more serious matters instead of harping on the legitimacy of SWP’s existence,” said the official.
The official also pointed out that his office had already made it clear that the party was legitimate as all the documents submitted to the ROS were found to be in order when the party applied for a change of name, address, logo and constitution.
The official said that it was ‘irritating’ to note that there certain groups were still questioning SWP’s legitimacy after several months.
To this Nyabong said: “We are disappointed by the ROS’ response telling the people not to question their decision approving the transfer and the change of name of SPFP to SWP.
“We have always been used to the notion that when a complaint of irregularity or illegality in the administration of a registered society is made to the ROS, it is their duty to investigate it.
“Simply brushing aside the interested public by telling them to stop questioning the decision of ROS is not acceptable as it smells strongly of anti-transparency,” added Nyabong.
Police, ROS reports
Last week, several office-bearers of Sabah People’s Front Party alleged that the transfer and change of name from SPFP to SWP was illegal.
They said that the documents pertaining to the change of name were forged and the minutes of the extraordinary meeting purportedly called by the party to approve the change was false.
The office-bearers had also suspended the president and the secretary-general for allegedly being involved in the fraud.
The matter has been reported to the police and ROS for investigation.
Taib-linked businessman, Sng Chee Hua was actively involved in the transfer and change of name from SPFP to SWP before he handed it to his son, Larry, to lead it.
Sng’s cousin George Lagong who is Pelagus assemblyman was made the SWP’s deputy president.
SWP’s registration was approved in April. The party has since announced that it will contest in six parliamentary seats held by PRS.
The seats are Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Hulu Rejang, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman.
Meanwhile, indications are that Sng will contest in Selangau where several hundreds of his portraits have been distributed to longhouses.
Sng is like to challenge the incumbent MP Joseph Entulu and Joshua Jabeng of PKR in a three-cornered fight.
Selangau has 21,848 voters (according to last year’s electoral rolls), 17,181 voters are from the Iban community.