PPBM will go to court if BN interferes in RoS’ duty, says lawyer

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PETALING JAYA: PPBM’s annual general meeting (AGM) was conducted in accordance with the law and any attempt to grossly interfere in the Registrar of Society’s(RoS) duty by the Barisan Nasional government will be contested in court, lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said.

He said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed should refrain from misleading the public that PPBM had violated its party constitution.

“The PPBM leadership is confident that they have taken all necessary steps to conduct its maiden AGM, in compliance with the party constitution and the Societies Act,” he said in a blog posting.

Haniff, who is also PPBM legal adviser, said this in response to Nur Jazlan’s advice to the people against being deceived by PPBM leaders who, he said, claimed to have the support of the grassroots.

Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai MP, said the party was trying to fool the people and that it had gone against its own constitution.

Nur Jazlan is reported to have said the party had failed to carry out branch and divisional meetings.

“This means that it is a party with no grassroots. It is a party created just like that (without any certainty), and I also feel it will not be respected and will be cast aside by the other opposition parties,” he had told reporters at a “tahlil” for his late father, Mohamed Rahmat, who died on Jan 1, 2010.

Mohamed Rahmat, popularly known as Tok Mat, was information minister when PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister.

Haniff said the party would seek legal redress if the BN government interfered in the work of the RoS.

PPBM will submit its AGM report within 60 days and will await the RoS’s decision whether the meeting is valid.

Last week Haniff said PPBM had been “forced” to hold its inaugural AGM due to the alleged threat of deregistration by the RoS.

Haniff said the party’s supreme council wanted to hold the AGM sometime this year after its 137 divisions had held its meetings, including electing delegates to the AGM.

Haniff said on Nov 21, some PPBM office bearers met RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim to seek guidance on how it could hold its AGM, as the party’s constitution stated that only elected delegates could attend the meeting.

They had also presented a proposal to the RoS.

He said the RoS only approved the setting up of divisions from last July and that the party was in the process of setting up branches.

Haniff said the division AGMs could only be held in the presence of delegates from its branches.

However, he said, the RoS director-general had, at a press conference on Nov 25, announced that PPBM’s proposal was against its constitution and the Societies Act and that it risked being deregistered if the AGM was not conducted.

This resulted in the party holding its AGM on Dec 30 with close to 1,000 delegates attending from 137 divisions.

Haniff said it was premature for the deputy minister to make such an irresponsible statement as the RoS was under the home ministry.