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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Speaker raps ROS for illegal dissolution of Balkis

SHAH ALAM, March 26 – malaysianinsider | by Neville Spykerman

More questions than answers were raised today during a public inquiry on the Wives of Selangor Elected Representative Charity Organisation (Balkis), which was dissolved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on Feb 11 this year.

Selangor Speaker Teng Chang Khim lashed out at the ROS for dissolving the charity based on an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) by members who had no voting rights in March 11 last year.

Selangor ROS officer Tairah Yusof, who continued her testimony before the Selangor Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat), raised the ire of the committee when she admitted that no checks were made on the composition of Balkis members who voted to dissolve the charity.

In her testimony, Tairah said 70 out of the 100 Balkis members had attended the meeting to vote for the dissolution and this surpassed the quorum requirement of 64 members.

However, Teng asked Tairah how these 70 women – most of whom were no longer members as their husbands lost in the elections – could have voted. He said they were, at best, associate members who could not vote, according to their own constitution.

He added that based on records, Selangor had 56 assemblymen, 22 Parliamentarians, five senators and a speaker, so membership could not be more that 84.

“Even a Standard Three pupil will know the membership will not reach 100 and the ROS did not carry out its duties according to the Societies Act.”

Teng added that it’s the ROS that should be dissolved for failing to carry out its responsibilities.

The public inquiry continues tomorrow.

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