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Murugiah urges ROS to quickly decide on appeal

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Nov 2009: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T Murugiah has urged the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to quickly decide on his appeal against the sacking by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).

“I dont know why they (ROS) are taking so long. For … MCA deputy president Datuk Chua Soi Lek, it was so fast. I’m still waiting for a reply after three weeks. They have to do something as it is important to party supporters and members,” he said in the Parliament lobby here today.

Murugiah said he sent the appeal letter on 15 Oct as the ROS letter asking him to appeal had only arrived on 13 Oct.

“ROS signed the letter on 26 Aug, but it was delivered to my lawyer only on 13 Oct. I dont know why it was sent after two months,” he said.

The 15-page appeal letter asked ROS to review his sacking and the status of the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in May, which had been declared illegal.

He said ROS should consider his appeal as the sacking was unconstitutional as he was not given show-cause letter and was not called up by the party disciplinary board.

The allegation that he bribed a division chief RM74,000 was untrue, as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers who visited his office found no proof and had closed the case, he said.

Murugiah added that ROS had made a wrong decision on the EGM, as the constitution said that members could call for an EGM if the annual general meeting was not convened within 18 months.

Murugiah said he planned to take the case to court to clear his name if the appeal decision was not in his favour.

The disciplinary board sacked Murugiah in May after he used his office in the Prime Minister’s Department to hold a press conference, and made slanderous remarks against the party leadership.

ROS confirmed Datuk M Kayveas as PPP president in Aug based on the party’s 2005/2010 Supreme Council members at the general assembly on 2 Oct 2005. — Bernama

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