Registrar of Societies disregarding the law, says DAP

Diyana Ibrahim, TMI

DAP has criticised the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for accusing the party of not conducting its central executive committee re-election according to party constitution.

DAP’s legal head Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said RoS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman Abdul Rahman had repeatedly accused the party of wrongdoings before hearing explanations given by party leaders.

“Abdul Rahman should know. If there are complaints, he needs to inform us and ask for an explanation before making a decision,” DAP’s legal head Gobind Singh Deo said in a statement today.

“This raises questions because I would like to know if he follows this procedure. If not, why? And what is his power to make decisions in such a manner?” he added.

According to Gobind, the latest accusation showed RoS’s disrespect of the law.

“I would advise Abdul Rahman to be careful. As the head of a department, he must understand and respect the legal process. Whether or not the CEC re-election can be done through a Special Congress, this we will address in court tomorrow,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said yesterday that the RoS was trying to ensure justice for all DAP members by urging it to hold the re-election.

“As regulators, we are working on the principle of the Societies Act and not to victimise any organisations,” he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.