Indian chambers of commerce back in action after ROS verdict


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Apr 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The uncertainty over the presidency of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) had been resolved after the Registrar of Society (ROS) had declared that the 2001 annual general meeting of the Johor branch (JICCI) was declared valid. 

The Feb 17 decision paved the way for Datuk K. Ketheeswaran @ Kenneth Eswaran, who is the JICCI vice-president to continue as MAICCI president. 

MAICCI had been unable to hold their council meetings until yesterday. 

Speaking to reporters after chairing MAICCI’s management council meeting yesterday, Ketheeswaran said the chambers were now united and committed to work toward the growth of the Indian business community. 

The uncertainty over the presidency had arisen after a Johor company director filed a suit seeking a declaration that the 2001 JICCI annual general meeting was null and void on the grounds that there was insufficient quorum. 

He named former senator and JICCI president Abdul Wahid Syed Ghany, Ketheeswaran, JICCI secretary K. Krishnan and the Johor ROS as the respective defendants. 

In the originating summons, the director claimed that from Aug 15, 1999, to Aug 8, 2001, Ketheeswaran had assumed the post of deputy president of the JICCI, when no such position existed under the JICCI’s constitution. He also alleged that Ketheeswaran had used the position of JICCI deputy president to contest and win the post of MAICCI president. 

 

A High Court in Johor Baru last August, directed the ROS to issue a show-cause letter to JICCI to demand an explanation over the lack of quorum. 

 

The Registrar Datuk Ismail Dolah Harun said that he was satisfied that the issue had been resolved and that there would be no further action taken against them. 

 

Ketheeswaran said the MAICCI would raise funds for the Malaysian International Peace Fund.  

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