Monday decision on RoS challenge by PPBM

PPBM’s lawyer Rosli Dahlan disputes the Registrar’s contention that the party had not submitted documents required of them on time.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will find out on Monday whether they will be allowed to challenge the Registrar of Societies’ order dissolving the party for a month.

The High Court decision on Monday is on PPBM’s application for leave for a judicial review of the Registrar’s order, on the grounds that the Registrar had misused the law.

Lawyers for PPBM and the government made their arguments before Justice Azizah Nawawi in chambers today.

Rosli Dahlan, for PPBM, contended that the Registrar had misused the law when placing the party under a 30-day dissolution, and placing the party at risk of disqualification.

He also disputed the Registrar’s contention that the party had not submitted documents required of them on time.

The temporary dissolution has ruled out PPBM’s official presence in the general election on May 9, and the party’s candidates will contest on a PKR ticket, as with others in the Pakatan Harapan alliance.

Senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, for the Registrar, said that PPBM should have appealed to the Home Minister (who has oversight of the Registrar of Societies).

PPBM’s current application is the second action taken by the party. Last week, the High Court dismissed the party’s application to overturn the Registrar’s order.

Senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan says that PPBM should have appealed to the Home Minister (who has oversight of the Registrar of Societies).

Justice Kamaludin Md Said held that the application for a judicial review of the provisional deregistration had become academic, and said PPBM should challenge the RoS on the Section 14(5) order.

The party now seeks to quash the RoS decision, on the ground that the Registrar had misused Section 14(5). It also seeks an injunction to stop RoS from taking further action to cancel PPBM’s registration and seeks to compel the RoS to state which provisions of the act had been breached that warranted the one-month suspension.

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