Suit against Malay Chamber of Commerce still on, insist members

Members of the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia had wanted an EGM to be chaired by deputy president Syed Hussein Alhabshee. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The 18 members of the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) today denied withdrawing their suit against their president, secretary-general and the chamber.

In a statement issued by their law firm, Thomas Philip, Advocates & Solicitors, the group said it would be seeking a postponement of the case as an executive council meeting will be held on Nov 21, while an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) and an annual general meeting (AGM) are scheduled to be held the next day.

“Therefore, in light of these developments, the plaintiffs will seek the court’s permission to postpone the hearing on Nov 21, pending the outcome of the executive council meeting, the EGM and AGM.”

Yesterday, DPMM secretary-general Don Nazwim Don Najib said the 18 who sought a court order for it to hold an EGM and explain the spending of a RM5 million allocation had applied to withdraw the suit.

The 18 members, including DPMM deputy president Syed Hussein Alhabshee, had filed the suit on Sept 13 against DPMM president Rizal Faris Mohideen Abdul Kadir, Nazwim and DPMM as the first, second and third defendants respectively.

In their suit, the plaintiffs claimed that in May 2018, Rizal had spent RM5 million allocated to DPMM by the Prime Minister’s Department, but the amount was not deposited into DPMM’s account.

Instead, it was channelled into Yayasan DPMM Pulau Pinang Berhad’s account without the approval of the DPMM executive council.

They also claimed RM1 million was credited to DPMM from a company known as “Redberry” and Rizal had decided to use the money for an election campaign, also without the approval of DPMM’s executive council.

On the sale of a property owned by DPMM in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, the plaintiffs claimed that DPMM should have obtained RM11.6 million for it and RM5.6 million was supposed to have been paid to DPMM, but only RM200,000 had been deposited so far, while RM5.4 million was spent for the 14th general election with the approval of the DPMM executive council.

The plaintiffs claimed that the first defendant failed to provide a reasonable explanation of the matter despite being questioned during the executive council meeting.

They were seeking a court order for an EGM to be called and the meeting to be chaired by Syed Hussein.