PETALING JAYA: Rafizi Ramli has been given an exemption by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), allowing him to contest in the PKR polls.
In a statement Monday (Aug 27), RoS director-general Masyati Abang Ibrahim said the exemption was granted to Rafizi in accordance to Section 9A (4) of the Societies Act 1966.
Masyati said Rafizi had applied for an exemption on July 9 which was approved by RoS through a letter dated July 20.
The RoS, however, insisted that no "special treatment" was being given to any individual.
Masyati said any exemption is based on the application submitted by the individual, which is then processed according to the standard operating procedure in accordance with the Act.
"As of July 31, the RoS has approved six exemption applications to several individuals.
"However, it is up to the party to decide whether the person who has received an exemption will be allowed to contest in the polls, in line with its rules and constitution," added Masyati.
Rafizi is contesting the post of PKR deputy president and will face incumbent Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Rafizi has two previous convictions.
In 2016, he was sentenced to 18 months' jail for unauthorised possession of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report and exposing it to media.
However, on June 1, 2018, the Court of Appeal substituted the sentence with a good behaviour bond.
In February this year, he was sentenced to 30 months' jail for exposing details related to the National Feedlot Corporation.
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