There was no ‘hijack,’ NewGen Party founder says

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  • Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017

PETALING JAYA: Claims that the New Generation Party (NewGen Party) was “hijacked” are baseless and its leadership is considering legal action against the ones who made the accusation, its founder and secretary-general S. Gobi Krishnan said.

Gobi said in a statement on Tuesday that the party constitution prior to its recent amendment only had the position of chairman, which is held by former senator Datuk Mohamed Ezam Nor, and not president.

“So the actions of Kumar Aaman, a normal member who professed to be party president, are wrong when viewed in light of the party’s laws,” he said.

The party’s Registrar of Societies (RoS) record from Monday also shows Ezam as chairman.

According to Gobi, the role of president was only brought back in recent amendments to the party constitution, which were made at a special general meeting on March 30, and presented to the RoS for approval.

These amendments included the party’s name-change to Parti Bebas Rasuah.

According to Gobi, Kumar had resigned from his position as then chairman, and remained a normal member without any position.

Kumar and Mohamad Zaini Jaafar, who was referred to as “acting secretary-general”, had claimed on Monday that the name-change and the new leadership that included Ezam had never been approved by NewGen Party’s office bearers.

Gobi, however, said the RoS-approved membership list does not have Mohamad Zaini as a party member.

Gobi alleged that Kumar and Mohamad Zaini had created false special general meeting minutes and attempted to deliver it to a RoS official at the registrar’s headquarters on March 29.

Gobi said the official then e-mailed him to obtain verification, and was told it was an act of deception.

Kumar and Mohamad Zaini then returned to party headquarters to retrieve the meeting minutes, Gobi said, adding that their return was recorded on the building’s CCTV system.

Gobi said the party’s supreme council would meet soon to discuss disciplinary action against Kumar, who Gobi said had spoiled the party’s good name with his “hijack” claims.

Gobi said the council would also lodge a police report against Mohamad Zaini for slander and attempting to pass himself off as a party member and acting secretary-general.

Gobi said legal action would also be taken against several local news organisations that he said had aired false news against Ezam, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and himself, who hold legitimate roles as the chairman, deputy chairman and secretary-general of the party respectively.

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