ROS action sparks confusion, uncertainty

ROS action sparks confusion, uncertainty

Update: The ROS assures DAP it can use its logo for the 5 May general election. But the DAP has given the ROS until 3.00pm tomorrow, Friday, to revoke its letter, failing which it will use Pas and PKR logos in GE13.

In freezing the DAP central committee over the conduct of the party’s polls, the Registrar of Societies has sprung a shock, creating much confusion and uncertainty only two days before nomination day.

Even though the Election Commission has indicated that the DAP can still field candidates as usual on nomination day, there is uncertainty now about what could happen next. And consequently the DAP and other Pakatan parties will have to scramble to make contingency plans.

Historically, the ROS has not been seen by many quarters to be acting impartially especially in its dealings with opposition and human rights groups. In 1988, we saw how the ROS approved Mahathir’s Umno Baru immediately after the original Umno was deregistered while rejecting an application by Razaleigh’s Umno Malaysia, which was supported by the Tunku.

Of course the DAP did not help matters over the shambolic tabulation of its polls results.

But for the ROS to spring this shock so close to nomination day – why, it is not the best advertisement for Malaysian democracy, which Najib touts as the ‘best in the world’.

Lawyer Stephen Tan Ban Cheng adds:

Just look at these three stories.

Story 1: the Registrar of Societies (ROS) says it does not recognise the Democratic Action Party (DAP) central committee and the ROS’s director-general could not be contacted for comment.

Story 2: Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi appeals to ROS to allow the DAP to field candidates.

Story 3: Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Yusoff says DAP can proceed as usual, regardless of the ROS action.

Story 1 paves the way for Umno and the EC to be sanitised as the good guys who will ensure fairness in the electoral process.

All this done within a few days.

But really, what is it? It is a sandiwara, tak sibuk buat sibuk exercise.

The ROS action in Story 1 is an administrative ruling and not a judicial ruling and can never mean that the DAP cannot field candidates, thereby nullifying the sandiwara of Story 2 and Story 3.

See what we get when we do not know the law? Even the news reporters got caught in the whole exercise of tak sibuk buat sibuk!

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Without the withdrawal of the letter. What is there to stop a court injunction on May 6 2013 to prevent DAP representatives from assuming duties. All this assurances are nothing.

    That simple administrative oversight can turn into a judiciary ruling by the Malaysian Court.

    PERIOD

     
  2. Comment on the ROS and its “pressure” on DAP.

    “The Rocket will reach the Moon. Meanwhile, back on
    earth , the UMNO Baru-BN cows (cowards?) in the condo will suffer from
    black and blue Eyes!”

     
  3. Fear of losing Chinese votes if use PAS ticket but will gain more Malay votes. Go ahead for PAS logo, if ROS do not retract its letter. No risk No gain.

    A vote for PAS is a vote for DAP.

    UBAH !! Support DAP. Together we send Rocket to outerspace.

     
  4. This is a repeat of M offering his reason for the arrest of MP’s in ops lallang.

    Najib will now use the same MO. “We (UMNO) “pleaded” on behalf of the DAP, the EC is “Independent” and we cant do anymore”

     
  5. This is a take off from Dr. Matahir’s reason for the “ops lallang” when M contends that he gave his word there would be no arrests but he could not do anything because it was the police who instituted the arrest.

    Najib will now use the same reason,We (umno) “pleaded” on behalf of the DAP but what else could we do, its not in our hands.

    Anyway God will see PR in PJ.

     
  6. The logo is just a symbol but the rakyat already know what they want, they want a new government whether DAP logo is there or not. Without DAP, more Malays will be voting for PAS because it will be a contest between PAS and BN. The Chinese already know who they want and the logo is not important to them. They are well informed.

    BN is going down big this time!

     
  7. Ya, Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah in future RTM will showcase many people-oriented ceramah like below which create awareness and hence the demise of BeEnd !

    Where: Batu Lanchang Market Carpark
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Lim Guan Eng, Hew Kuan Yau dll.
    Ceramah Umum @ Esplanade, Penang
    When: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Esplanade, Penang
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Lim Guan Eng dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Air Itam, Penang
    When: Sat Apr 20, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Kampung Melayu Air Itam
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Karpal Singh, Wong Hon Wai
    Ceramah Umum @ Taman Free School, Penang
    When: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8pm to 11:30pm MYT

    Where: Taman Free School
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng, Jgdeep Singh
    Ceramah Umum @ Rifle Range, Penang
    When: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Rifle Range
    Event Status: confirmed
    When: Sun Apr 21, 2013 5pm to 7pm MYT

    Who: DAP Events
    Event Status: confirmed
    Ceramah Umum @ Farlim, Penang
    When: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Farlim Night Market Site
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Yeoh Soon Hin (others TBC)
    Ceramah Umum @ Kebun Lama, Penang
    When: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Kebun Lama (sebelah Sri Mutiara)
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Jeff Ooi, Jagdeep Singh dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Times Square, Penang
    When: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Times Square
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Chow Kon Yeow, Ng Wei Aik dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Jalan Perak, Penang
    When: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Danny Law, Jeff Ooi dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Sg Gelugor, Penang
    When: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Kampung Sungai Gelugor (belakang Restoran Kampungku)
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Karpal Singh, RSN Rayer dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Paya Terubong, Penang
    When: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8pm to 11:30pm MYT

    Where: Semarak Api, Paya Terubong
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Yeoh Soon Hin, RSN Rayer dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Mt Erskine, Perak
    When: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8pm to 11:30pm MYT

    Where: Mount Erskine Market
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Koay Teng Hai, Zairil Khir Johari dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Air Itam
    When: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Air Itam Market (Opposite RHB)
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Lim Guan Eng, Wong Hon Wai dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Datuk Keramat, Penang
    When: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Kampung Hashim Yahya (Kg Dodol)
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Jeff Ooi, Jagdeep Singh dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Gat Lebuh Macallum
    When: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Gat Lebuh Macallum
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Chow Kon Yeow, Lau Keng Ee dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Paya Terubong (Pg)
    When: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: Wayton, Paya Terubong
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Yeoh Soon Hin, Wong Hon Wai
    Ceramah Umum @Sg Pinang (Pg)
    When: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8pm to 10:30pm MYT

    Where: Sg Pinang
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Jeff Ooi, Koid Teng Guan dll
    Ceramah Umum @ Tg Bungah (Pg)
    When: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8pm to 11pm MYT

    Where: TAR College, Tg Bungah
    Event Status: confirmed
    Event Description: Penceramah: Teh Yee Cheu, Zairil Khir Johari dll

     
  8. So, when did the investigation taken place to come to the ROS decision? The inquiry is schedule after may 5, is it not? Why jump the gun?

    But this might be a great opportunity for DAP to get closer to Malay community. You get many pity votes over the grand bully, might end up to be an advantages by error.

     
    • Why jump the gun. By not recognizing the office-bearers of the CEC elected by the delegates on 15 December 2012, it will means that LGE have no power to issue authorisation letters in his official capacity as Secretary-General to DAP candidates to use the Rocket symbol.

      The EC said you can use but after the election the ROS will then invalidate all the winning candidates of DAP.

      DAP certainly cannot afford to take that chance.

      So whatsoever vote Pakatan, Rakyat PAS or PKR

      VOTE PAS PAS PAS PAS PAS PAS

      VOTE PKR PKR PKR PKR PKR PKR

       
  9. Skeptical over these Umno agents.
    … Using Aces to reject PR for and on behalf of Umno may happen. Impposible? We watched Drama Silverland before.. remember??

     
    • Don;t you realize that after May 5 if DAP win and when DAP is deregister then all their candidates will be disqualified. This is the chance they will not be taking

       
      • Yang – WORSE things may happen.
        Assume DAP wins, the current machineries (include alll their agents) will not be caught dirtying their fingers.

        Let Blue-blood clans in every state down the guillotine – on the basis that the registration not valid hence though winning, they are not valid political-rep of people.

        Effectively CLEAN OFF the DAP slate clean from the Parliament for exactly another 5 years. Malaysian mudah lupa….

         
  10. Desperate times require desperate measures….and UMNO is desperate…

    Mana itu DG ROS….hope he hasn’t disappeared to Indonesia or something and will issue a statutory declaration from there..

    Najib, by the day, reveals that he will not hesitate to play dirty to cling on to his post…something his dad probably taught him(?) Well, we will all have to see about that. This is not 1969. And not 2008 either. Its 2013, where hate for UMNO has crystallized to an icicle so hard and sharp that will drop to pierce the very heart of a demon called UMNO.

     
    • BN is so desperate that it thinks DAP chinese supporters will be scared away if it uses the PAS logo. I think the dirty tactics of BN will backfire as those DAP supporters who are cautious about PAS will now wholeheartedly support PAS when DAP uses to PAS logo.
      The move has somehow cemented the trust of PAS in the eyes of chinese community. MCA will suffer more losses!

       
  11. To be safe & secure & Never fall into BN trap. Bravely take up “PAS” or “Keadilan” logo to contest. Even without Rocket logo this time, we still believe & support Rocket.

    UBAH !! Change government @ 505

     
  12. The ROS, SPR and UMNO is trying to create confusion and creating tension for DAP and PR to thwart their preparation for the coming GE. But that will not work as the people have seen through their lies and deceit

     
  13. Should Pakatan win, the story will be different – at worst UMNO/BN has another trigger for causing unrest and DAP to blame it on. Think of what they have done to Waytha and Ganesan that they have flipped 180% and MORE to back UMNO/BN without ANYTHING CONCRETE other than piece of paper called an MOU…

     
  14. Just look at these three stories.

    Story 1: the Registrar of Societies (ROS) says it does not recognise the Democratic Action Party (DAP) central committee and the ROS’s director-general could not be contacted for comment.

    Story 2: Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi appeals to ROS to allow the DAP to field candidates.

    Story 3: Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Yusoff says DAP can proceed as usual, regardless of the ROS action.

    Story 1 paves the way for Umno and the EC to be sanitised as the good guys who will ensure fairness in the electoral process.

    All this done within a few days.

    But really, what is it? It is a sandiwara, tak sibuk buat sibuk exercise.

    The ROS action in Story 1 is an administrative ruling and not a judicial ruling and can never mean that the DAP cannot field candidates, thereby nullifying the sandiwara of Story 2 and Story 3.

    See what we get when we do not know the law? Even the news reporters got caught in the whole exercise of tak sibuk buat sibuk!

    Here are the links to the stories. Read them for yourself.

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/227199
    ROS does not recognise DAP’s top leadership
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/227241
    Let DAP contest GE13, Umno veep appeals to ROS
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/227213
    EC chief says DAP can still contest despite ROS action

     
  15. Why didn’t DAP just held a fresh party election to avoid this foreseeable harassment is beyond me; DAP leadership should have anticipated this as ROS is under the purview ofa BN minister and not known to be professional in their conduct.

     
    • Exactly what I think. In politics you should know that your opponents are always out to get you. How can you give them ‘bullets’ when it is so close to the GE. If there was a glitch, just hold a new election.

       
  16. Hi everyone,

    The ROS informs DAP about non-recognition of its CEC just a mere 2 days to nomination! Why can’t this decision be conveyed by ROS to DAP at least a few days earlier? The motive and intent is highly questionable – the so-called “best democracy in the world” declared by the PM and other top leaders of UMNO Baru is merely rhetoric, and who believes it??!!

    Such underhand tactics would definitely not go down well with all Malaysians – another case of UMNO Baru’s puppets shooting themselves in the foot!! Another occasion of abuse of power through federal govt agencies, purportedly apolitical, but in practice definitely NOT!

     

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