Ibrahim Ali seeks court order for approval of party registration

KUALA LUMPUR: The pro tem committee of Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia or PUTRA has filed a judicial review application at the High Court here, seeking a court order for the approval of the party’s registration.

The application, filed by the group’s lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz today, names the director-general of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and the government as respondents.

The committee, through its chairman Ibrahim Ali, is seeking a mandamus order from the court for the respondents to approve the party’s registration under Section 7(1) of the Societies Act 1966.

Ibrahim is also seeking a declaration that the omission of the respondents in carrying out their statutory duties to decide on the application to set up PUTRA is unconstitutional, and goes against the right of the applicant under Article 10(1)(c) of the Federal Constitution.

Speaking to reporters at the court complex here today, Ibrahim said he was disappointed with the RoS’ delay in approving the party’s application, which has been pending for six months now.

“Therefore, we have decided to take this matter to court, through a judicial review application.

“I do not know why it is taking them such a long time to approve our application,” he said, adding that they had followed all the necessary guidelines including filing an online application on Aug 13 before submitting a hard copy to the RoS four days later.

He said they had also held several meetings with the RoS, in which they made the necessary amendments in terms of the party’s constitution.

“By Dec 5, we had fulfilled all the RoS’ requests,” he said.

“But until now, there has been no news, even after we sent a 14-day notice for the RoS to reply to our application.”

As he understood it, he said, approvals are made by the RoS director-general. However, he claimed the application had been sent to the home minister.

“I do not understand, because it has nothing to do with him. The powers of the minister are to revoke the application if it doesn’t follow the rules.

“Is this (government) an authoritarian regime? I don’t think so. I still have hope that the current leaders will walk the talk.

“There is no reason for our application not to be approved,” he said.