Six govt bodies to act against Suaram

However, it is ultimately up to the attorney-general to decide whether to take the human rights operating entity to court, says minister Ismail Sabri Yakob.

Anisah Shukry, FMT

Six government agencies are taking action against Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, the operating entity of human rights organisation Suaram, under five sections of the Companies Act 1965.

“The Companies Commission Malaysia (CCM) has no power over Suaram as it is not registered as a society. As such, we are taking action against Suara Inisiatif Rakyat for its misleading accounts,” said Minister of Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the six agencies, which included CCM, Registrar of Societies (ROS), Bank Negara, the Home Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC), were not interested in the source of the organisations’ funds.

Suaram had been under media and government scrutiny lately due to its foreign source of funds, particularly its alleged links to currency speculator George Soros.

“We know where their funds come from, but [the issue is with] the way they report their accounts, which is misleading,” Ismail said, although he refused to elaborate.

The scope of their investigations, he said, would be based on Sections 364(2), 166A(3), 169(14), 167(1), 167(2), and 132(1) of the Companies Act 1965.

But the ultimate decision as to whether Suara Inisiatif Rakyat would be charged in court was with the Attorney General, he said, adding that he would be meeting with AG Abdul Gani Patail later today over the matter.

“Everything looks okay. We’ve already met with the deputy [AG] over this. It’s just a matter of the AG signing yes or no,” he said.

He also said the other agencies, such as ROS and Bank Negara, would be taking action against either Suaram or Suara Inisiatif within their own jurisdictions.

“For example, Suaram has not been registered as a society, so the ROS will take action against them for that,” he added.