PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has demanded today that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) justify its reasons for denying the registration requests of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) and Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda).
Calling the rejections unacceptable, Anwar said the rights of association are enshrined within the Federal Constitution and should not be used by the government as a political tool to be abused.
“The office of the RoS is not a political tool for the government to use and manipulate to suit their agenda.
“Transparency and accountability must be enforced and enshrined so that all members in that department realise their responsibility, and that they will be called to account for their actions,” he said in a statement.
The RoS is a statutory body under the purview of the Home Ministry, which is led by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin as its minister.
Earlier today, Muda said the RoS had sent a letter via email yesterday informing it of the decision.
RoS did not state its reason for rejecting the application.
The rejection came four months after Muda submitted its application to the RoS.
Muda alleged that the rejection was part of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government’s agenda to prevent Muda from participating in the next general election.
“We demand that the government of the day contest in the next General Election in a fair, just, clean manner and not use cunning and dirty tactics.
“The rejection of Muda came a day after the uncovering of the scandal involving Pasir Salak Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tajuddin Rahman’s family relating to the Dang Wangi LRT project,” said the group led by former youth and sports minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Muda said it will consider all remaining options available, including legal action against the RoS.
On Dec 21, Muda had given the RoS seven days to approve the registration of their political party or said they will proceed with legal action against the government agency.
Syed Saddiq had said the application to register Muda was submitted to the RoS on Sept 17.
Muda has since appointed former Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas and former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to represent them over its registration issue.
Similarly, Pejuang also confirmed that its registration application was rejected by RoS after today was fixed for the judicial review hearing before the High Court to compel the RoS to make a decision regarding the party’s registration status.
Lawyer Mior Nor Haidir Suhaimi representing Pejuang said RoS had written to notify Pejuang protem secretary-general Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah of the rejection of the application at 5.50 pm yesterday, saying that the application for the registration was improperly done.
“I’m waiting for further instruction from my client as they probably want to appeal to the Home Ministry,” he told reporters today.
Today was initially set for the court to hear Pejuang’s application for a judicial review against RoS’ action for delaying the approval for the registration application.
Mior Nor Haidir said following RoS’ decision today, Pejuang had withdrawn the judicial review application on the ground that it had become academic.