Mar 19, 2009

Ku Li: Ali Rustam can ask ROS to stop Umno polls

According to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam's body and soul might be Umno but he can appeal to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to stop the Umno elections as his rights have been deprived. Writing in his popular weblog, the Kelantan prince said it is wrong to deprive the Umno vice-president of his candidacy or his right to vote as long as he remains a member.

“Mohd Ali can appeal to the Registrar of Societies to put a stop to the Elections if he is unlawfully deprived of his eligibility for office. At the very least, his appeal against his punishment needs to be heard before the party elections commence next week,” Tengku Razaleigh wrote in his latest post.

(Malaysiakini) Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam can appeal to the Registrar of Societies to stop the Umno elections, said party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

On Tuesday, the Umno disciplinary committee found Mohd Ali, who is vying for the deputy president post, guilty of breaching campaigning rules.

Following this, he was disqualified from contesting but remains a party member and chief minister.

Commenting on this in his latest blog posting today, Razaleigh said the committee's move may be in contravention of the party constitution and Societies Act 1966.

Razaleigh said the Act allows for members of a registered body to have full rights to vote and hold office in that organisation.

"The disciplinary committee can remove certain privileges but not rights provided by the (party) constitution. Umno's constitution cannot be interpreted contrary to the Societies Act.

"So long as Mohd Ali remains a member, it is just as wrong to deprive him of his candidacy as to deprive him of his right to vote," he said.

Elaborating further, Razaleigh pointed out that Umno supreme council member Norza Zakaria is still eligible to defend his post despite having been charged in court for the alleged inducement of voters through agents.

"What holds for Norza holds for Mohd Ali too. Members may not be barred from contesting," he added.

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