Zahid: RoS will decide independently on PH’s registration

zahid-ph-rosKUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today even though the Registrar of Societies (RoS) was under his ministry he had no hand in the decision whether to accept the registration of Pakatan Harapan.

He said there was nothing political about the application and gave an assurance that RoS will act professionally in the issue.

“It is a technical issue. RoS is under KDN (home ministry) but I do not get involved in any suggestions made to accept or reject any application.”

He also asked PH to resolve its issues with DAP and PPBM before RoS can look into the registration of the coalition.

Zahid, who is deputy prime minister, was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the cabinet committee on drug eradication at the Dewan Rakyat.

He was elaborating on today’s meeting between Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and home ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim in Putrajaya.

Zahid said Mahathir had requested for PH to be approved as a coalition. “The response from KSU (Alwi) was that PH must follow all the regulations for it to be registered.

“For now, it cannot be approved due to several unfinished procedures by them.”

He explained RoS had said the delay in the coalition’s registration was due to PPBM and DAP.

“RoS has not received DAP’s CEC fresh elections report held on Nov 12. And PPBM’s failure to have an AGM since its registration was approved.”

Although the special congress has been held according to the directive of RoS and a new line-up elected, it has not been recognised by the RoS as the party has yet to submit its report.

PPBM, meanwhile, has failed to conduct the necessary annual general meetings (AGMs) at both the branch and central levels with the minimum required quorum.

The meeting was attended by Alwi and RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim. Others at the meeting were PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy presidents Mohamad Sabu and Muhyiddin Yassin, as well as newly-elected DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai.

Alwi stressed RoS has its regulations and procedures to follow and each party has its own constitution.

“They need to settle (issues) on DAP and PPBM before we can take the next step in the process of registration,” he told reporters.

DAP held a re-election recently for its central executive committee (CEC), following a dispute over the 2012 line-up.

Mahathir previously said the coalition had not received any news from the RoS on whether its application had been accepted or rejected.

DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo said then that it might take the RoS to court if it failed to respond to the opposition pact’s application to register as a political entity.

The Puchong MP said the PH parties had made the application to RoS on July 28 but had yet to hear from the agency. They wrote again on Aug 21, asking for a meeting to discuss the application.

He added that they then sent RoS a notice on Oct 25, asking for a response to the application within 14 days of receiving the letter.

PH submitted its draft constitution to the RoS on July 24 and its logo on July 28.

However, RoS instructed PH to use its full name “Pakatan Harapan” instead of just “Harapan” in its logo.

The coalition, which consists of DAP, PKR, Amanah and PPBM, amended the logo and submitted the new version to complement its earlier application.