Pakatan leaders file lawsuit against RoS over registration application

By Anith Adilah

(from right) Chief of information PKR, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Pakatan Harapan General Secretary, Saifuddin Abdullah and Chairman of the legal bureau DAP, Gobind Singh Deo at Duta court to file a civil suit against the RoS. — Picture Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Five Pakatan Harapan leaders today filed a civil suit to compel the courts to instruct the Registrar of Society (RoS) to respond to the coalition’s registration application.

Speaking to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo said that the Opposition pact has given more than enough time for the RoS to respond to their queries.

He said PH had no other choice but to resort to this decision after its latest attempt, a letter dated February 6 to RoS, also went unanswered.

“The RoS ought to respond to our application. As a creature of statute, the RoS is duty bound to consider the application of this nature.

“We have complied with all that we are required to do and we feel there is no reason for the RoS to withhold the registration of Pakatan Harapan.

“The failure on their part to respond is considered unlawful,” he said.

The coalition’s chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had yesterday said at the presidential council meeting that taking such legal action would coerce RoS into giving an answer to the application which was filed July 24 last year.

Gobind said the failure on the RoS’ part to respond is considered unlawful.

“The act is considered ‘malafide’ and therefore from the legal point of view, it can be the ground for the Court to intervene via a Mandamus order,” he said.

He said RoS’ decision is vital for the Opposition to decide on their course of action for the upcoming General Election.

“The delay has put us in a precarious situation since it decides how we move forward. We have a lot to do and to prepare for GE.

“At least respond to us. If approve, let us know. If not, also let us know. Don’t just keep mum. You have the reciprocal duty to respond,” he said.

The legal application was filed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) secretary-general Shahruddin Md Salleh, Pakatan Harapan chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Parti Amanah Negara deputy secretary-general Ahmad Abang Kerdee Abang Masagus.