Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh described the disputes over the formation of Dudong branch as 'a storm in a teacup'. Unfortunately, this storm threatens to engulf the entire Party if it is not managed properly. Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck has thrown his lot behind a Special Delegates Conference requisitioned by 21 branches which is scheduled to be held on 25 Oct. He is counting on the delegates to confirm his election as chairman of 'Dudong branch' during the 'First General Meeting of Dudong Branch' held on 30.4.2009.
There is one problem with that: the 'First General Meeting of Dudong Branch' was held without the approval of the Registrar of Societies. This would make 'Dudong Branch' an unlawful society under the Societies Act 1966.
The SDC, if it confirms the committee elected at that meeting, will bring the Party into a head-on collision with the ROS. That would be highly risky for SUPP, the only Chinese-based party in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional.
In my view, the answer to the Dudong problem does not lie with the SDC. All it needs is for the Party to apply for ROS approval to form Dudong branch, approve the list of members to be transferred from Sibu branch to Dudong, and hold an election of the new branch once ROS approval is obtained. What is so difficult about that?
I have written an article which will appear in the Borneo Post tomorrow. My analysis goes into greater detail and it can be found in the
|LEGAL & OTHER THOUGHTS by George Lo||