Conditions met, so RoS should not delay Pejuang's registration: Mukhriz

PUTRAJAYA: After fulfilling the stipulated conditions in its application to be registered, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air says there should be no further delay with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Its pro tem president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the party had checked with RoS to find out what was needed to have its application approved after its first attempt was rejected.

“Our application had been submitted to the policy division of the Home Ministry, which had asked us to amend three items in our proposed constitution.

"That has been done and we have resubmitted the papers,” he said in a video press conference on Monday (Feb 15).

“With the conditions fulfilled, the process to register Pejuang should not be delayed,” he said.

The RoS, in a letter dated Jan 6, had informed Pejuang that its application to be registered as a political party had been rejected.

Pejuang then submitted a letter of appeal on Jan 8.

Asked if Pejuang has an alternative plan if it could not get registered in time for the general election, Mukhriz said it has other options.

“I cannot reveal it yet but let’s just say that we do not intend to enter the election as independents. There must be a symbol (which voters can identify the party with),” he said.

On another matter, Mukhriz said the independent committee that will advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the state of emergency should only recommend ending the Emergency if it is fully convinced that Covid-19 “is no longer a threat”.

“We do not want the Emergency to be lifted just so that elections can be held for political continuity and survival.

“The (committee) members must be truly convinced that the pandemic is under control and make the appropriate recommendations based on information, facts and figures,” he said.

A 19-member committee, led by former chief justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, has been appointed into the special independent committee.

Three Opposition lawmakers -- Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (Kulim-Bandar Baharu), Anthony Loke (Seremban) and Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor) -- are also in the commitee.

The special independent committee was set up under Section 2 of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on how long the state of emergency is needed.

On Jan 12, the King decreed that an Emergency be in force until Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

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