Registrar of Societies should cancel the 30-day provisional dissolution order to PPBM on Monday as it its extraordinarily improper and mala fide for any such order to be issued to any political party on the eve of a general election and caretaker government
The 13th Parliament was dissolved on midnight and what Malaysians have today is a caretaker government, which means a government which should not make any policy decision, spend or promise a single ringgit over and above from what is required in normal government administrative requirements and all government resources including government aircrafts, helicopters and vehicles should be grounded and not misused for electioneering by anyone, whether Prime Minister or any Cabinet Minister, until a new government is elected in the nation’s 14th General Election.
In normal democracies which accept the rules of a normal democratic process, the equivalent of the Election Commission would monitor the activities of a caretaker government to ensure that they are limited to official and routine government administration, but not in Malaysia where the Election Commission has forfeited the confidence of Malaysians by producing the most monstrous and pernicious gerrymandering of electoral constituencies in the nation’s history.
I call on the civil society to establish an immediate mechanism to conduct a daily monitoring of the caretaker government, to ensure that the caretaker government sticks to the straight and narrow path of official and routine government administration and that no abuse of power or government resources for partisan electioneering is allowed or committed during this interregnum until the election of a new government.
In this context, the 30-day provisional dissolution order issued by the Registrar of Societies to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) on the eve of the dissolution of Parliament is extraordinarily improper and most mala fide, that reeks of abuses of power and process.
It is even a grave violation of the spirit and concept of caretaker government, for how can an independent and responsible Registrar of Societies issue a provisional dissolution order to a political party on the eve of the dissolution of Parliament which in effect would disable it from contesting in the 14th General Election, giving the caretaker government the odious task to ensure that PPBM can no longer hold activities and use its name and logo, which includes taking part in the 14th General Election as a political party fielding candidates using the PPBM logo.
Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region or political party fully share the outrage of former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who vowed to defy the Registrar of Societies’ provisional dissolution order and dared the caretaker Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to arrest him for breaking the RoS’ directive.
Former long-time Cabinet Minister, Tan Sri Rais Yatim has joined another former long-time Cabinet Minister, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in expressing their outrage at the “despicable”, “unconscionable” and “irresponsible” action by the Registrar of Societies in issuing the provisional dissolution order to PPBM on the eve of dissolution of 13th Parliament.
Rais Yatim said it was “fishy” that the Registrar of Societies’ announcement of PPBM’s provisional dissolution was made through a press conference, instead of dealing with the party directly.
I say it is doubly fishy and clearly mala fide that the provisional dissolution order was made on the eve of the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of the 14th General Election.
The timing and circumstances of the Registrar of Societies’ provisional dissolution order demonstrate that the Registrar of Societies was not acting as a free agent but was acting to help Naib, UMNO and Barisan Nasional in the great electoral battle of the 14GE.
Are the 3.6 million UMNO members to sit idle and allow the UMNO/BN government to so abuse its powers as to issue a 30-day provisional dissolution order to PPBM on the eve of the 14th General Election?
Even if Najib is mortally afraid of Mahathir, Najib should not cross the line as he has done with the 30-day provisional dissolution order to PPBM!
The Registrar of Societies should admit her error and cancel the 30-day provisional dissolution order on Monday, and only issue such a 30-day provisional dissolution order after a new government is formed after the 14GE if the Registrar of Societies is still minded to do so.
In other words, there would be no ban or bar on the PPBM and its officials from holding activities and use of the PPBM name and logo during the interregnum of the caretaker government, including fielding candidates and fully taking part as a political party in the 14GE.
Will the Registrar of Societies cancel the 30-day provisional dissolution order issued to PPBM on the first working day of the caretaker government on Monday?