The fate has been sealed by the Registrar of Societies(ROS) under the Societies Act 1966(Act 335) Section 13(1)(c)(ix) & regulations for Pasok. Malaysiakini’s report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85097 one of Sabah’s oldest political party (30 years), United Pasok Nunukragang National Organisation (Pasok), has been deregistered effective May 27th so says ROS Md Alias Kalil today. Why…? How come SUPP,PRS.SPDP involved ? There are explanations of course forthcoming for these.
Firstly, According to Md Alias, he issued the revocation order following the party’s failure to resolve the leadership stalemate involving Cleftus Mojinggol, John Richard Jayasuria and Hendry Sabagang Rumpit who all had claimed to be the legitimate president of Pasok. The ROS stated that the party is at liberty to submit an appeal under Section 18 of the Society Act 1966 against the decision to the home minister within 30 days from the date of deregistration. Well this takes care of Part 1.
Part 2– On April 1st (ROS) chief Md Alias Kalil said the agency had decided not to de-register PRS after explanation from its leaders.The party has been embroiled in a bitter leadership feud for the past two years, has been operating with two presidents and two separate headquarters.Moreover,ROS had found the sacking of the six supreme council members by Dr James Masing, the party president, had contravened both the party constitution and Societies Act. Is the ROS so powerful or is it the Home Minister who makes the decision? Could it be that PRS has 6 MPs and 8 Aduns and it turned out to be a political decision?
Many questions needs to be answered and I do feel sorry for Pasok too. Many in the law fraternity are in agreement that the ROS letter to PRS has been widely interpreted to mean in effect the party’s supreme council with Masing as president prior to the sacking of the six SC members has reverted to status quo.
Is justice being served….? it must be noted that the Registrar of Societies comes under the purview of the Yang di Pertuan Agong while the Minister in charge of this supposedly independent ministry is the Home Minister. Call me “EVIAN” Bottled water or if you spelt it backwards “NAIVE” but we need written answers especially now with Judiciary being put to the sword and the Attorney Generals Office should be able to assist in helping with an explanation in writing.
Political or not the country needs to know how the decision is arrived at. It will be just another waste of public funds if the aggrieved members bring the “ROS to Court” since they are not given a true reflection of the ROS decision. The answer came when a reporter with a local daily gave a call to seek for more from the officer and he says.”Its all in the letter. Just through a Phone Call. Cannot be can it…?
Politics we know are not won by the rule of the thumb in this day and age and the Government under PM should be more transparent in handling political solutions. I have been consistent in that the PM is working his reforms but it is not all followed through.
Part 3– 19 out of 28 Parti Rakyat Sarawak Divisional leaders met in the party headquarters on 8th April 2008 and wrote a letter to ROS to demand the following:-
- A written letter from ROS who is the “Legal President of PRS”.
- In respect of a confirmation from the Registrar of Societies on 7th September 2006 of YB Datuk Sri James Jemut Masings violation of Article VIII(15) (b) of the constitution of PRS.
There is stil a QUESTION MARK on the above. It will be three months soon. Meanwhile,the merger story continues.
Part 4– Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan does not rule out the possibility of all four components of Sarawak Barisan Nasional would one day merge into one political entity.“If there is a possibility, then why not! If this is the better way for all of us, then we (should) do it,” Dr Chan, who is DCM, said when asked to comment on the planned merger between Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), and the possibility that a merged PRS-SPDP entity could one day join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).
Also because I think racial politics are less important today. People don’t make racial issue a critical issue (any longer), and they are being more and more open and do not feel racial politics are that important in Malaysia today especially in Sarawak,” A keen observer put it as why not adopt a short-cut measure and invite the YBs and members of the three parties SUPP,SPDP and PRS join PBB straight away? The next stage which is …
Part 5-Dissolve all the 3 parties.Some members from all 3 parties concerned questioned the viability of GC’s plan? Or is it a plan carefully worked out to ensure that “CERTAIN TOP” people benefit from this exercise. To dissolve a party its not just like the ROS giving a letter to be dissolved. There are a lot of steps to be adhered to. If I may PRS Article XX states with regards to dissolved/merged:-
- A resolution passed at the triennial delegates Conference attended by not less that 3/5ths of the delegates eligible to attend under the provisions of article V11 Clause 1(a) of this constitution and
- A 2/3rds of votes of the members present at such TDC as provided under Clause1(a) of this article
- Notice of dissolution shall be submitted to the Registrar of Societies,Mlaysia within 14days from the date of dissolution.
- All debts legally incurred on behalf of the Party shall first be settled in full before any balance of the assets may be dealt with as the TDC decided.
Of course members of the component party will say its easy as we are the Government but all actions are being fully covered and scrutinised by the opposition parties. Simple..? Yes, but all laws and bylaws are to to be followed. It has been said previously that when one is unhappy with another just start a party of your own. Gone are those days and if there is a properly conceive plan the party should be able to withstand any eventualities for at least 10-15 years. Previously all “foot soldiers” do not mind to be put in a boot camp. Ian Chin the High court Judge must have influenced me here. With the influx of young members,mostly professionals they do not want to be treated anymore like their forgotten “Brothers of yesteryears.”
When Pasok was hammered with the news of the deregistration one of the top aides in SAPP gave me a tinkle. He was saying that the PM has overcome the storm and news surrounding SAPP has quietened down. It led me to say to him ” Be Very Afraid and I Fear for SAPP ” as before the next wave there is calm. PM has not forgotten what SAPP has done to him. Could the ROS be coming after SAPP…?