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Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 7:32:05 AM
by zuhrin azam ahmad
PUTRAJAYA: Three of the 49 secret societies or groups that were declared as unlawful recently by the Home Minister were registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Two are Sabah-based while the other one is from the peninsula, said ROS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman.
He said members of the organisations contacted them on Friday after the names of their organisations were published by the media.
“They enquired why their organisations are also on the list. We checked and found that there are similarities between their symbols and names with those listed as secret societies by the ministry.
“We have forwarded this matter to the police and are awaiting their reply,” he told newsmen after presenting registration certificates to 20 political parties here yesterday.
Abdul Rahman, however, declined to name the three organisations.
He said investigations that led to the announcement of the illegal organisations were conducted by the police.
“I am sure they must have done their homework, so let us just wait for their verification.
“In the meantime, members of the three organisations cannot use the symbols, names and anything related to the organisations since they have been declared illegal,” he added.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi on Thursday unveiled the names of the 49 organisations that the ministry had identified as secret societies.
Twenty-eight of the organisations are based in peninsula, five in Sabah and the rest in Sarawak.
The five Sabah-based organisations are ATAP, Hung Ann, Sui Yuk, Otai and Borneo Red EMP.
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