PPBM Must Hold AGM This Year or May Face Deregistration

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PPBM may not be allowed to contest in the GE14 if it fails to hold its AGM.

  • PPBM may be deregistered if no AGM by this year
  • RoS investigating legality of youth wing Armada and women wing Srikandi
  • PPBM admits failure to hold AGM due to poor organisational structure of branches and divisions
  • No comment from RoS on status of Pakatan Harapan’s application to register itself as a political party
Zurairi AR

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) may be deregistered if it does not hold its annual general meeting (AGM) by the end of the year, the Registry of Societies (RoS) warned yesterday.

Responding to PPBM’s application to delay its AGM, RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim said PPBM’s constitution stipulates that the party is not allowed to delay its AGM.

She also refuted the legitimacy of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held by PPBM on Nov 2 last year because, according to the minutes of the meeting, it was only attended by 12 of the party’s supreme council members.

Surayati said PPBM’s decision to amend its constitution during last year’s EGM was invalid.

“Chapter 28 of the party’s constitution stipulates that certain conditions must be met before the constitution can be amended,” she said during a press conference.

Surayati said the RoS has looked into other issues that affected PPBM’s status as a registered party, including the setting up of its Armada youth wing and Srikandi women wing, despite they not being mentioned in the party’s constitution.

She revealed that the RoS investigated the legality of Armada after receiving complaints from former members who were allegedly sacked by Armada chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.

“They (the former members) felt cheated after checking PPBM’s constitution, where the term Armada does not exist.

 “We have received similar complaints from 33 party members,” Surayati said. 

She added that the RoS wanted to clear the air on PPBM’s status to avoid the impression that the party is being treated unfairly.

Surayati made it clear that the people should look at PPBM’s constitution before hurling accusations against RoS,

“RoS will not hesitate to take legal action against such people,” Surayati warned.

PPBM’s president Muhyiddin Yassin said his party could not hold an AGM yet because the branches and divisions have yet to be properly set up.

On Nov 16, Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that PPBM’s failure to hold AGMs at the division, branch and central levels was due to its poor organisational structure. The PPBM chairman revealed that the branches were the most disorganised section of the party, which was founded in September last year.

PPBM secretary-general Shahruddin Md Salleh said they will be meeting the RoS on November 30 to clarify matters regarding the party’s constitution and the Societies Act 1966.

On another matter, Surayati declined to comment on the status of Pakatan Harapan’s application to register itself as a political party.

On DAP’s recently concluded central executive committee (CEC) re-election, she said RoS has yet to receive a report on the election results from the party.