The action of the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) to exclude the provision of cancellation of registration against Umno “confirms” that there are irregularities in the Umno elections, said Aizat Fikri Nasir Fikri.
The filer of the notice of objection to the Registration of Societies Department (RoS) said that logically if there was no violation of the Societies Act 1966, the ministers did not need to use the power to exclude the provision of canceling the registration.
Said the Umno Kuala Nerus member, ROS can send a summons
“Honestly, I am quite disappointed with this action considering that the government and leadership today, who are said to be very upholding the rule of law, have used their power to ensure that the positions of president and deputy president are not contested as should be carried out through the democratic process,” he said.
Home Minister Saifuddin Nasutions Ismail used his discretionary power to exempt Umno from deregistration.
In a statement this morning, he said KDN exempted Umno from complying with Section 13(1)(c)(iv) of the Societies Act 1966 to Umno.
Section 13 relates to the cancellation of an association.
It is in relation to the additional motion approved in the 2022 Umno General Assembly regarding the positions of Umno president and deputy president that are not contested in party elections.
Consider judicial review
Meanwhile, in a statement just now, Aizat Fikri said he would discuss with another complainant Muhammad Fiqri Firdaus Muhammad Rom and a lawyer to consider a judicial review of the minister’s decision.
Aizat Fikri and Fiqri Firdaus filed their protest on Jan 20 last claiming the resolution of no contest for two positions especially in the party as invalid and in conflict with the party’s constitution.
The Umno election will begin this weekend starting with the selection of candidates for positions in the party’s wings.
For the vice president – the highest position contested this time – there was an eight-cornered clash including the two incumbents Mohamed Khaled Nordin and the former Mahdzir Khalid.
Former prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob did not defend the position even though it was previously mentioned that he might want to challenge for the presidency.
Former Umno youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin had previously expressed his intention to challenge Zahid. However he was expelled from the party.