Monday, 20 August 2012

Sabah Party Allegedly 'Hijacked'

Two senior members from the defunct Sabah People’s Front Party (SPF) yesterday urged the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to investigate and explain the amendment that has resulted in SPF being named Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).

Santain Manurun, who held the post of secretary general at SPF, claimed that SPF had over 38,556 members in Sabah and that their fate, following the name change, is unknown.

“Our rights was taken from us, just like that. There needs to be a solution to this problem,” he said.
Santain asked about the process that led to SPF being renamed SWP, saying ROS should provide them with the answer.

He also contended that the name change from SPF to SWP was invalid as the pro tem president for SWP, Dr Ong Lark Sai is a Sarawakian.

“The Section 7 of the SPF constitution clearly defined that only Malaysians residing in Sabah were eligible to be members of SPF… since Ong is a Sarawakian, then it is invalid,” he said.

He also said the dissolution of SPF never took place.

Present during the meeting with the media was SPF honorary treasurer Joseph Lusin Balangon.

The name change allegedly took place sometime in May this year, and ROS senior assistant director Desmond Das was reported as saying then that SWP was the new name given to the old SPF, a party registered in December 2010.

He said the name change was legally provided under Section 11 of the Societies Act 1966.

He also said that following the takeover, SPF is now defunct. (theborneopost)

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