The Registrar of Society has been notorious in giving fast track registration to political parties which are BN friendly-and delay those which are not. It is interesting to note that the ROS officer has admitted that 5 parties waiting registration are not racial. Wait a minute: there are at least 3 avowedly racial parties already registered by the ROS: UMNO, MCA and MIC. How come they can pass the `non-racial’ test of the ROS? Shouldn’t these parties be de-registered instantly now that the ROS mentioned that non-racial is acriteria for party registration? It is ironical that James Masing reportedly blew his top when a new party Worker Party formed by his former party rival S’ng Chee Hua, was given quick registration recently. Why should he-when his pro-BN party PRS also obtained `instant registration’ treatment from ROS! Why should he pretend surprise at the ease of how Worker Party obtain their registration??? ROS has once again shows that it is not a body suited to register political parties-the job should belong to the Election Commission when it is properly reformed!
Saturday April 21, 2012
Applications of five new parties still under consideration by ROS
KUCHING: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has yet to approve the registration of five new political parties in the state that have submitted their applications since two years ago.
An ROS officer at its head office in Kuala Lumpur said these applications were still being considered by those in the registrar’s higher authority.
“These parties, which are non-racial based, have all complied with the Schedule 1 of the Societies Act 1966.
“The applications are still being considered by those at the top,” he told The Star when contacted.
The parties are Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB), Parti Rakyat Gabungan Jaksa Pendamai or People’s Alliance for Justice of Peace (PEACE), and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (TERAS).
Except for TERAS which submitted its application on March 5 this year, the rest submitted their applications two years ago.
“There are 21 political parties in the country, including the five that are still waiting for their registration approval,” the officer added.
The ROS had earlier this month approved the registration of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).
The officer said SWP was not a new party as the application was submitted previously by the committee of the Sabah People’s Front.
“It is just that there was a change of leadership and constitution in the party, which had also decided to change its name and logo,” he said.
SWP pro tem president Dr Ong Lark Sai said the party would be Barisan Nasional-friendly but admitted that it would have to take on Barisan in some parliamentary seats in the coming parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, PBDS Baru pro tem president Louis Jarau questioned the ROS for not approving its application.
“Why is there (such) double standard in this case?
“We have complied with the requirements of the ROS and there is no reason for it not to approve our application,” said Jarau, who is a lawyer by profession.