Dr M: RoS okay with Pakatan constitution but wants tweaks to logo


  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Jul 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has no immediate problem with Pakatan Harapan’s constitution but has suggested modifications to its logo, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix).

“So far, there is no problem in terms of our constitution and the RoS will study it and give its response, but it did make a bit of suggestion on the logo,” the Opposition coalition chairman said on Friday.

He said the RoS required both the words “Pakatan” and “Harapan” to appear on the logo, instead of “Harapan” alone in the current logo.

The coalition already had an updated logo in mind, and it would take about two days to redesign, Dr Mahathir said after submitting the forms and coalition constitution to the RoS headquarters here.

Pakatan Harapan submitted an online registration application last week, but its leaders came in person to Putrajaya on Friday to formally hand in the papers and discuss the RoS’ suggestions in response to the online application.

A successful registration would allow Pakatan Harapan to contest the next general election as an alliance.

Dr Mahathir, also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, said that while Pakatan Harapan had listed its leadership committee positions in the constitution it submitted to the RoS, no names were included with the positions as this was not a requirement.

This means that while PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's name is not included, his position as Pakatan Harapan de facto leader remains in the constitution.

“The issue of personalities does not arise. When we submitted our constitution, we did not list the names of who holds what positions, we only put in the positions themselves,” Dr Mahathir said when asked about the position of de facto leader or ketua umum.

Anwar is barred from holding any position as he is currently serving a jail term for sodomy.

“For now there is no objection from the RoS and we hope it will approve our application,” Dr Mahathir said.

Present at the press conference were Pakatan Harapan and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke and vice-chairman Teresa Kok, Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, who are both coalition deputy presidents.

Also present were Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir who is both Pakatan Harapan and Pribumi vice-president, and coalition secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

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