Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new political party, Pejuang, has gone to court to compel home minister Hamzah Zainudin and the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to make a decision on the party’s registration appeal.
The minister and RoS have been named as respondents to the action.
In an application for judicial review filed at the High Court today, the applicant, pro-tem secretary-general Amiruddin Hamzah wanted a declaration that the minister had failed to make any decision on Pejuang’s appeal against the RoS’ decision that rejected its application to be registered.
In a statement, Amiruddin said the respondents’ “inaction and omission” have violated its statutory obligations under Section 18 of the Societies Act 1966.
The party also wanted a breach of statutory duty declaration that the inaction and omission by the respondents to make any decision on the appeal was unreasonable and done in bad faith.
He added that inaction was an improper attempt to deny Pejuang’s constitutional right to contest in the general election by using the party’s own logo.
Further, he wanted a mandamus order against Hamzah to provide a decision on the party’s appeal and to order RoS to finalise Pejuang’s registration seven days after a court ruling.
A mandamus order is a court order compelling a government official to fulfil their official duties.
Pejuang had earlier filed a challenge against RoS’ “inaction”, seeking to compel the government to make a decision on its registration.
Pejuang was first set up in August last year as an independent Malay-based party after a faction linked with Mahathir split from PPBM, which was also founded by the former prime minister.
The other founding members of Pejuang are Mahathir’s son Mukhriz, who is Jerlun MP; Marzuki Yahaya, a senator; and Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Md Salleh. Former education minister and Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik was also a founding member of the party, but has since left the party.
Mahathir said the party’s goals were to fight corruption and that other Malay-based parties, such as Umno and PPBM, had strayed from their original paths and have been swayed by money and power. – FMT