Rafizi Ramli has been given an exemption by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), allowing him to contest in the PKR polls.
“The RoS confirms that Rafizi Ramli is exempted from disqualification as an office bearer, advisor and worker to the registered body under section 9A(4) of the societies act 1966,” the statement issued by the RoS on Monday (Aug 27) read.
Rafizi had applied for an exemption on July 9 which was approved by RoS through a letter dated July 20.
The RoS, however, insisted that no “special treatment” was being given to any individual.
“RoS stresses that there has been no special treatment afforded to any individual applying for an exemption in holding office in any registered establishment in Malaysia.”
It said that exemption applications follow a strict SOP as enshrined in the societies act.
“However, it is subject to the decision of the party (s) to allow any person who receives the exemption approval to contest in the election of the association in accordance with the clauses set out in the constitution and rules of the establishment,” it added.
PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today the party’s election committee will determine whether Rafizi, who has two convictions, can contest in the upcoming PKR election.
Rafizi is contesting the post of PKR deputy president and will face incumbent Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Rafizi has two previous convictions.
In 2016, he was sentenced to 18 months’ jail for unauthorised possession of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report and exposing it to the media.
However, on June 1, 2018, the Court of Appeal substituted the sentence with a good behaviour bond.
In February this year, he was sentenced to 30 months’ jail for exposing details related to the National Feedlot Corporation.