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Court rejects HRP case – again

 | June 19, 2012

The judge agrees with ROS that the party's application was not in order.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Party (HRP) today failed again in its bid to get registered as a political organisation.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court dismissed its application for an order to compel the home ministry to review the Registrar of Society’s (ROS) rejection of the party’s registration.

In her verdict, Justice Rohana Yusof said HRP’s pro tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar had no “case to apply to form a political party”.

“The judge also agreed with the home ministry’s argument that our application was not in order and our party constitution was in breach of the Societies Act,” Uthayakumar told FMT.

Uthayakumar filed for the judicial review last May, the third time he had done so.

The outspoken activist complained that home ministry had managed to quash HRP’s case without providing proper explanation.

He said he had submitted 157 pages of documents as attachment to back his application.

“Our constitution is 99% similar to the DAP’s constitution. Is the court saying DAP’s constitution is also in breach of the Societies Act?” he asked.

Uthayakumar accused the Registrar of Societies of discriminating against HRP, noting that it recently approved the registration of the Sarawak Workers’ Party (SWP) and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia.

He said he would file an appeal against today’s decision later this week.

“It’s not that I have much faith in our judiciary. It’s just for the records,” he said.

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