Kayveas to appeal to home minister on deregistration of MyPPP

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: MyPPP will appeal to the home minister against its deregistration after it has seen the letter by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), M Kayveas, one of the two men claiming the party presidency, said.

This follows reports that RoS had sent a letter to both Kayveas and rival leader Maglin Dennis D’Cruz to inform them of its decision.

Kayveas said he had yet to receive a copy of the letter.

“I have only seen the letter on social media. I need to receive the hard copy. After that, I have 30 days to appeal to the home minister.

“If the minister agrees with RoS, we will have 90 days to bring the matter to court and seek a judicial review.

“However, if the minister disagrees with RoS, the party will return to its status quo,” he told reporters at the MyPPP Cameron Highlands headquarters today.

Kayveas had earlier announced he would be contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election, but withdrew at the last minute and threw his support behind Pakatan Harapan.

He said he pulled out because RoS had sent a letter to the Election Commission (EC) to disallow the use of the MyPPP logo.

“On Friday night, we received a letter from RoS stating that they had sent a letter to the EC not to allow me to use the MyPPP logo.

“Therefore, I could not submit my forms during nominations on Saturday. I didn’t want to contest under an umbrella or key logo.

“The decision not to contest was also to enable us to focus on resolving party matters,” he said.

D’Cruz was behind the move to expel Kayveas as president last year, a decision confirmed unanimously at the 64th MyPPP annual meeting in May just days before the general election.

Earlier today, Simon Sabapathy from the D’Cruz faction said the party had explained Kayveas’ sacking to RoS, adding that it was unfair to punish the party.

But he said the decision showed that Kayveas was not the rightful president.

“I feel the positive take on this is that Kayveas cannot claim to be president,” he told FMT.