Karpal Wants ROS To Revoke Directive Or Face Legal Action

(Bernama) — DAP chairman Karpal Singh wants the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to revoke its directive that prohibits the party’s newly-elected Central Executive Committee (CEC) from making any decisions or face legal action.

Karpal said there was no such law to prevent the party from making any decision and the directive did not comply with the law under Societies Act 1966.

He said the party would still continue with its daily routine and should the directive stay, DAP would take the ROS to court.

“We will not hesitate to sue the ROS if they (ROS) persist on the directive to halt DAP newly-elected Central Executive Committee (CEC) from making any decisions,” he told reporters, here today.

It was reported Friday that, the party received a letter on Wednesday (Dec 11) dated Dec 6 from ROS, stating that the DAP sent in an incomplete report on its special congress and re-election which took place on Sept 29.

The ROS also advised its CEC not to execute any decisions while it carried out further investigations.

Karpal said under Section 13 of the Societies Act 1966, the registrar was allowed to cancel or suspend a political party but the party concerned should be given a 30-day period to explain.

“The registrar has acted beyond the power under the act and therefore we will not give in to the directive,” he said.

The Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament also said that DAP would comply with the requirement of ROS to submit additional information on the special congress and re-election.

The ROS is requesting for a full list of DAP’s 2,578 members, along with their branch affiliations and addresses, a full list of 1,740 voting members along with their particulars and a list of 985 branches with an ‘A’ certification.