PUTRAJAYA: Datuk M. Kayveas is the valid People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president while sacked youth chief Datuk T. Murugiah’s appointment as president at a May 24 emergency general meeting (EGM) is invalid, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has decided.
Murugiah’s sacking has also been found to be have been conducted according to provisions in the party constitution and is therefore deemed valid.
However, the PPP will be issued a notice by the ROS asking it to explain why certain aspects of the running of the party had failed to follow procedures outlined in its constitution.
Failure to provide a satisfactory explanation can result in action that includes the deregistration of the party, the ROS warned.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he had personally spoken to Kayveas and Murugiah on Monday and Tuesday respectively to inform them of the decision and they had both accepted the decision.
He said the ROS had been thorough and transparent in conducting its investigations and had even checked its findings with the Home Ministry legal advisor, so there was no reason to doubt if the decision was the correct one.
“Murugiah can still appeal against the decision but what is more important is the status of the party itself. They first need to answer to the notice within 30 days ... or the party’s existence will come into question.
“At the end of the day what I would like is for them (Kayveas and Murugiah) to find a solution that ensures that the party and its members do not suffer,” Hishammuddin said.
“This a legal solution but at the end of the day a political answer needs to be found for the personalities and leaders within the party,” he told a press conference after chairing his ministry’s post-cabinet meeting here on Wednesday.
He said the ROS decision would not affect Murugiah’s position in the Cabinet as he had been appointed by the Prime Minister.
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