30,000 so­ci­eties dereg­is­tered for con­tra­ven­ing reg­u­la­tions, says Zahid

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Al­most 30,000 so­ci­eties have been dereg­is­tered for con­tra­ven­ing reg­u­la­tions since the Reg­istry of So­ci­eties be­gan to digi­tise its records four years ago.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the er­rant so­ci­eties that made up 44 per cent of the 66,828 in its records had failed to con­form to the So­ci­eties Act 1966 and were de­tected af­ter RoS did away with postal cor­re­spon­dence.

“De­spite re­peated warn­ings in re­cent years, the er­rant or­gan­i­sa­tions failed to fur­nish their state­ment of ac­counts, de­tails of their meet­ings and even did not hold their manda­tory an­nual gen­eral meet­ings as sched­uled.

“Thus, RoS had to be firm as it was not given any choice other than to can­cel their reg­is­tra­tions,” Zahid said at the Na­tional So­ci­eties Car­ni­val 2017 at Dataran Batu Burok yes­ter­day.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said RoS needed to take dras­tic mea­sures to safe­guard the dig­nity and in­ter­ests of all.

“My min­istry is com­mit­ted to en­sure the se­cu­rity, peace and har­mony of the coun­try and its peo­ple is guar­an­teed.

“It is vi­tal for all lev­els of so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, to ad­here to this agenda,” said Zahid.

Since the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise, all cor­re­spon­dence with RoS, con­cern­ing en­quiries, reg­is­tra­tion, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and up­dates, is done on­line.

Over 1,404 or­gan­i­sa­tions are reg­is­tered with RoS, which comes un­der the purview of the Home Min­istry.

It was given a RM40 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion un­der the 2017 Bud­get for res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions to carry out crime pre­ven­tion, an­ti­dadah, clean­li­ness and main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties.

Zahid said he was aware of many dereg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing one that rep­re­sented uni­formed vet­er­ans un­der his min­istry’s purview, which had their as­sets frozen.

“I hope the dor­mant dereg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tions will be proac­tive for the sake of their mem­bers’ in­ter­ests, as RoS pro­vides fi­nan­cial aid to ac­tive ones.

“They can ap­peal, and the min­is­ter can use its dis­cre­tion, on a case by case ba­sis.

“The af­fected or­gan­i­sa­tions can even pool their re­sources with oth­ers with sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Zahid.

He cited how mo­tor­cy­clists had united to form the Amal­ga­mated Mo­tor­cy­cle Union of Malaysia with two mil­lion mem­bers.

“This al­lows for greater in­ter­ac­tion be­tween kap­cai (cub) rid­ers with su­per­bik­ers.

“They are now one of the largest or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try and have a greater voice, and highlight their needs for ac­ces­sories and the like,” he said.

Zahid com­mended Terengganu for con­struct­ing the drag bike track in Gong Badak for youths to test their mo­tor­cy­cle skills, rather than take to pub­lic streets to race il­le­gally.

“I have pro­posed to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak to con­sider re­duc­ing taxes on mo­tor­cy­cles in the 2018 Bud­get.”

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