Home Minister declares Penang PPS illegal

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PUTRAJAYA: The Home Minister has declared the Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) in Penang as an illegal organisation. Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff said in a statement yesterday that the declaration was made on Monday according to Section 5(1) of the Societies Act 1966.

He said that the provision under Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966 [Act 335] concerns the power of the minister to declare an organisation an illegal body.

“The Penang PPS is an organisation that carries out activities that are hazardous to public peace in the country,” he said.

Following the declaration, he said, no one can again use the name, symbol or logo of the Penang PPS as an organisation based on the provision under Section 7(3) of the Societies Act 1966.

Mohamad Khalid said all accounts, assets, and properties of the Penang PPS would be handed over to the Malaysian Insolvency Department to be wound up.

He said following the declaration, no one can hold any position, carry out the functions of a member, allow any meeting to be held in the building, to announce and act on behalf of the unit or to represent it.

Those responsible for carrying out any activity of the Penang PPS will be investigated and could be charged in court for committing an offence under Act 335, including Section 42 and Section 48 of the Societies Act 1966 and Section 142 of the Penal Code, he said.

He called on everyone to cooperate in helping the government to check the activities of the Penang PPS which contradict the existing laws.

Five years after its formation, the PPS is reported to have 296 groups operating in 40 areas by receiving financial resources from the Penang government amounting to between RM20,000 and RM30,000 each year in each state constituency. — Bernama

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 5, 2014.