KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The Registrar of Societies (RoS) said it was carefully scrutinising Pakatan Harapan’s application to be an official coalition as it must ensure no aspect of the pact contradicts existing laws and norms.
Responding to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that the agency was intentionally delaying the process, RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim reiterated that the matter has also been complicated by outstanding issues with potential components DAP and PPBM.
DAP has yet to submit the final report of its repeat internal election to the RoS while PPBM has been warned about its failure to conduct its annual general meeting.
“We examine all conditions holistically before approving any association, what more political parties, so the PPBM chairman’s claim is inaccurate,” she was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama.
“Political parties get support from the public, so we must ensure that what they want to champion is consistent with the Federal Constitution and the set laws, and do not clash with societal norms… that it important.”
Dr Mahathir yesterday alleged that the RoS was deliberately holding up the pact’s registration, claiming that they were not promptly informed about possible issues with the application.
PH submitted its application to RoS months ago and was told then to alter their logo before the application was accepted. They amended this as directed, but have not received official updates since.
Dr Mahathir and other leaders of the pact have been attempting to meet Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over the matter, without success.