Finally, Pakatan Harapan gets registered

Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
A Pakatan Harapan supporter attends the ‘Face to Face with Lim Guan Eng’ event in Taman Ungku Aminah, Skudai May 3, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has today approved Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) registration to be an official political coalition.

The news was confirmed by sources in both DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), two of the ruling pact’s four component parties.

However, when contacted, PPBM’s strategic director Datuk Rais Hussin told Malay Mail to wait for the official announcement by the Home Ministry tomorrow.

“I cannot say further, but all I can say is wait for the announcement from KDN tomorrow,” he said, referring the ministry by its Malay acronym.

Similarly, PH secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah tweeted that the coalition had yet to receive the registration certificate, and also asked the public to wait for an official statement from the Home Ministry.

The registration certificate was circulated on social media this evening.

It was signed by the RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim, who had previously blocked the move.

On February 22, PH had through five of its leaders filed for judicial review against the RoS over the latter’s alleged unlawful failure to respond to a registration bid.

The RoS said it could not proceed with the application since PH’s component PPBM had yet to respond and provide all the information and documents required.

PH parties then contested the election under PKR’s ticket and logo in Peninsular Malaysia, and the pact then took over Putrajaya after a shock win against then-ruling Barisan Nasional.

The registration certificate that was circulated on social media this evening.