KOTA KINABALU: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) does not have any records of the Sabah chapter of the State Reform Party (STAR) being registered in the state.
A ROS spokesman explained that though STAR was a registered party there were no records of it applying for the registration to be extended to Sabah.
“If an application was put in, we would have it in our system, regardless of whether there was an approval or not,” said the spokesman who explained that STAR was a registered party in Sarawak.
STAR president Dr Dripin Sakoi when contacted Wednesday said that the party's move to Sabah was within the framework of the party's constitution.
“It is within our working committee's power to make a decision to open a chapter in Sabah.
“I am not too sure about other laws involved in the matter, (but) by party rules and regulations, we are allowed,” he added.
Dr Sakoi explained that during the formation of the party it was only to function in Sarawak but they had amended the party's constitution in 2008 to allow for the party to function anywhere in the country.
Sabah STAR chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, when contacted, said that state chapter was a legal entity in accordance with the party's rules and regulations.
“It is not true (the move to Sabah is illegal),” he said, adding that STAR was a registered political party under the ROS.
The 65-year-old Dr Jeffrey, who launched the Sabah chapter of STAR last week after being without a political party since he left PKR in late 2009, claimed that certain political quarters were trying to block his return to politics.
However, he said, he would not be deterred as the response from the people has been tremendous and the party would be forming divisions and branches in the state next month.
STAR is the latest of at least six political parties that Dr Jeffrey has joined and left in the last two decades.