KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 ― The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has labelled Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) extraordinary general meeting (EGM), held November 2, 2016, as invalid, highlighting the fact that only 12 of its supreme council members turned up for said meeting.
“RoS has scrutinised the party’s ‘2016 EGM minutes’ and found that only 12 members of the supreme council had their attendance recorded,” Star Online quoted RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim as saying.
“Therefore, it is not recognised as an EGM or AGM (Annual General Meeting), which the party has yet to organise since its inception.”
Surayati said the party had sought to amend its constitution during the 2016 meeting, but that its efforts contravened Clause 28, which states that “any amendment to the party’s constitution must be endorsed by not less than 2/3 of the delegates present at the AGM or EGM”.
“The party leadership must know that the party’s constitution as well as laws relating to societies are a serious matter. In 1988, Umno was declared unlawful for contravening the party’s constitution and the Societies Act,” Surayati warned.
Surayati also pointed out that PPBM cannot refer to its youth wing as “Armada” as the term is not stated in the party constitution, saying that the issue came to light after the RoS received complaints from former Armada exco members who had been sacked.
“Upon realising that ‘Armada’ does not exist in the party’s constitution, the sacked members felt cheated by the party. We received complaints from 33 members on this.
“The term ‘Armada’ is illegal and not recognised by the RoS, and its usage is an offence that could lead to serious action being taken against the party, including deregistration,” she said.