Mixed-messages over Pakatan’s application

Pakatan says that their application to the Registrar of Societies was still pending and questioned ROS director general’s statement that a fresh application was needed.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Pakatan Rakyat and the Registrar of Socities (ROS) are at cross-purposes when it comes to registration of the political coalition.

Pakatan says their application is stilll pending while ROS director general Abdul Rahman Othman says there has been no fresh application after pro-tem chairman Zaid Ibrahim left PKR last November.

Abdul Rahman had earlier made a statement that a fresh application was needed from Pakatan.

But Pakatan today said that they have been in touch with an officer within the ROS who has said that their application made right after Zaid’s departure was still pending approval.

“As soon as Zaid left, we elected (Tumpat MP and PAS central committee member) Kamaruddin Jaafar to replace Zaid and submitted a new application.

“We have been in touch with ROS chief assistant director of the societies registration division on the issue of a ‘fresh application’.

“The feedback that we received was that ROS and the Home Ministry were still looking into our application on the aspect of law,” PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution told a press conference today.

He added that Pakatan had kept in touch with their contact person in ROS every three to four weeks up till early this month, always getting a similar reply.

Other members of the pro-tem committee who were at today’s press conference were DAP’s Anthony Loke and PAS’ Hatta Ramli.