MyPPP Deregistered

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Torn by factional tussle, party has 30 days to appeal.

The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has deregistered myPPP, which is facing leadership problems, effective Monday (Jan 14).

Its president Datuk Seri Maglin D’Cruz confirmed to have received an email from the RoS to inform the party of the decision.

“Yes, I have been informed by RoS via e-mail. We were also informed that we have been given 30 days to appeal to the Home Minister.

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“This is what we intend to do. We will be calling for a meeting tomorrow (Jan 15) to get right down to appeal against this decision,” he said when contacted.

The party faced issues when two factions claimed to be the rightful leadership.

Aside from D’Cruz, former president Tan Sri M Kayveas claimed to still be the rightful leader of the party.

In April, Kayveas was booted out as a member and party president after a letter from then-Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor over his questioning of seat allocations in the May 9 election.

Following the general election, Kayveas claimed he is still party president and declared that the party has left BN and is now independent.

On Saturday, Kayveas withdrew himself from contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election and pledged his full support for Pakatan Harapan’s candidate M Manogaran.

The other faction in the party led by D’Cruz’s alleges that the party is still with BN.

“Now the assets of the party goes to the insolvency department.

“We have to deal with the insolvency department to determine how the assets of the party are going to be addressed,” myPPP secretary-general Simon Sabapathy told Malaysiakini.

He added that D’Cruz’s faction would hold a meeting to discuss the matter.

Sabapathy noted that on the positive side, Kayveas could no longer claim to be president following the deregistration.

“Whereas we, the legitimate supreme council, have a fair chance to be heard by the (home) minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) and the courts.

“If it goes to court for a judicial review, I am positive the outcome will favour us as we had followed proper procedures to sack Kayveas,” he said.

Previously, Kayveas was adamant that ROS recognised him as the rightful president and instructed him to meet with D’Cruz to “settle” the issue.

D’Cruz, however, denied this.

He claimed that Kayveas was the one who approached ROS with the proposal to settle the issue.

“We met three times, but nothing (came out of it). To me, the president’s seat is still empty,” he had told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Kayveas told reporters in Cameron Highlands that his faction would be appealing against the decision.

“The minister can overrule the RoS if the minister disagreed with the decision,” he said. “I hope the minister will make a fair and just decision.”

MyPPP began as the People’s Progressive Party in 1953. It was once a major party in Peninsula Malaysia, nearing capturing Perak during the 1969 general elections.

The party’s decline started after joining BN in the 1970s which saw its lawmakers dwindle in numbers.

Under Kayveas, the party experienced a short-lived revival after the 2004 general election but has been the only BN party without any elected lawmakers between 2008 and 2018.