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    Re: Pakatan moves toward formal coalition - PR is now Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia

    Have they considered that PRM stands for Parti Rakyat Malaysia which means that the acronym PRM is not available to them.

    PR is now Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia

    Sat, Feb 20, 2010


    KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has accepted a suggestion from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to register itself under the name Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia.

    Nevertheless, the opposition alliance does not expect a smooth ride to registration, according to Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, secretary-general of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

    "Let’s be frank," he said in an interview with the PAS-affiliated Harakah Daily. "It took years for Parti Sosialis Malaysia, which is aligned to the opposition, just to get approval to become a political party. What more with the Pakatan, when we are the Number One threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak?

    “No doubt, another party Makkal Sakthi got the green light within months but then this is the double standards that we are talking about. If you are aligned to Umno-BN, approval is in the blink of an eye. If you are not, then you may have to wait for years.”

    In November 2009, PAS, PKR and DAP rushed to tender their application after the Registrar of Societies, Md Alias Jalil, publicly said there was no rule that required a formal coalition to have a minimum of seven component parties.

    Saifuddin said ROs had responded once since the application was made.

    “They confirmed that no other party has taken the name Pakatan Rakyat and .. they also said we could adopt the name Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia. And we have agreed.

    “Adding on the ’Malaysia’ will give us a greater national sense and flavour. Frankly, at this stage, we do not wish to make many objections because we don’t want any unnecessary delay.” FreeMalaysiaToday…

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    PAKATAN RAKYAT: As Pakatan convention nears, leaders dither on coalition issues

    As Pakatan convention nears, leaders dither on coalition issues
    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
    December 11, 2010

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) annual convention may just be a week away, but its top leadership has yet to address or decide on various issues, including PAS’s insistence for an Islamic state or its logo and formal registration.

    Expectations are running high for the convention next week, the second one PR has held since the 2008 general elections, amid speculations of snap polls as early as March next year.

    PR leaders have dubbed the upcoming meet as a “necessity” to reassess and reprioritise on strengthening the coalition, in light of PKR’s recently-concluded fractious party elections, where its members have either left the party or complained of fraud in the elections process.

    A recent Universiti Malaya opinion poll has also revealed that 43 per cent of residents in PKR stronghold areas will not support the party in the next general election due to a decline in confidence after its polls last month.

    A mere 35 per cent of those polled claimed they would continue to vote for PKR while 22 per cent said they were unsure.

    “The upcoming convention is crucial for us to get our act together, to reassess Pakatan’s goals in light of growing speculations of snap elections,” said DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.

    Pua however said that while PR needed to prepare themselves for the next general elections, having a common logo or pushing for a formal coalition was not “substantive” for an electoral win.

    “It is a right to have but it’s not crucial towards a successful coalition. It is more important to concentrate on the common policy platform. If we can arrive at a common policy network it would supercede the idea of a formerly registered coalition. We have already submitted the forms some time back, but it is not a crucial element for us,” said Pua, also pointing out that while BN was formally registered, the federal coalition had “failed” to ensure that its members were treated equally.

    Pua’s views was seemingly in tandem with that of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who had downplayed the need for PR to be formally registered or to have a formal logo before the next general elections.

    Hadi had last week rubbished talk that PR’s inability to agree on a common logo was a sign of the coalition’s weakness, saying that “logos were not important.”

    “Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can form a federal government without having to be (registered) as a formal coalition. We have achieved successes in the past using our current formula,” Hadi told The Malaysian Insider in an interview last week.

    Among the criticisms that have been directed towards PR since its loose formation was its constant clashing on several key issues, most notably the issue of an Islamic state which PAS has maintained that it will not back down from. PR’s inability to come to agreement over its official logo since last year’s convention has also been seen as a weak point for the opposition bloc.

    BN lawmakers have also, from time and time again attacked the three PR component parties for being unable to decide on common policy issues surrounding its stand on the formation of an Islamic state and as to the top PR leadership should they take over Putrajaya.

    “I cannot tell you right now about whether we have come to an agreement on the logo. It’s still some way to go, but we will be announcing something concerning the design of the logo at the upcoming Pakatan convention next weekend.

    “We are only an informal coalition because we are not registered, but for all purposes and intentions the coalition has already been formalised. The relationship is real. The only difference between the coalition of BN and PR is that BN is legally registered,” Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

    The Petaling Jaya Utara MP insisted that the three PR parties could work effectively together, pointing out the success of PR states like Penang and Selangor as an example.

    “We make policies together, for instance the governance of state governments we do it together with polices agreed by all three coalition parties,” added Pua.

    The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has been silent on the status of PR’s registration application despite giving a positive response early this year.

    It is understood that the RoS last communicated with PR representatives a “few months ago” to suggest changes to the coalition’s name.

    Another PR lawmaker, PAS MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad admitted that there were some leaders within PR who were still unhappy with the idea of a formal coalition.

    “There are opinions from other within PR who are a bit resentful of the idea of formalising. It is just like leaders who are anxious about local elections, there are also leaders who do not want to allow local elections.

    “Some of our leaders still remain unconvinced as to a formal coalition. You can’t get a 100 percent conviction before going on with something. It’s the same like 2008, before Pakatan Rakyat was formed there was scepticism among some people within PAS, PKR, DAP. There will always be resistance to change... (but) I do not think that this is the most important issue to iron out. They will eventually accept the need for change,’ Dzulkefly told The Malaysian Insider.

    When asked whether he agreed with Hadi on the formal coalition issue, Dzulkefly said that Hadi had his “rights to his opinion”, even though Dzulkefly did not necessarily agree with him.

    But he too dismissed the urgency for a common logo, saying that a logo was not the “be all and end all for Pakatan.”

    PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said that PR was aiming to expand the existing Common Policy Framework (CPF) to more specific economic policies, but declined to elaborate on the exact policies, saying that it would be made available during the convention.

    “If we are able to forge a clearer common policy, expanding the CPF to something more specific, it would hold sway and attract more voters. That is something which we are looking at,” Nurul Izzah told The Malaysian Insider.

    PR filed an application to register as a formal coalition to the RoS in November last year, just a month before it launched a common policy framework at its inaugural convention.

    The coalition began as an informal gathering of three parties — PAS-PKR-DAP — in April 2008 following Election 2008.

    It currently leads the state administrations of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Selangor, and holds 77 parliamentary seats.

    The Malaysian Insider understands that several PR leaders were upset with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s recent remarks in saying that DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang was promised the deputy prime minister’s post should the opposition take over Putrajaya.

    “The problem is Anwar released this bit of information on his own. In no explicit terms were we made aware that this had been agreed upon,” said a PR source.

    Utusan Malaysia claimed two weeks ago that Anwar had promised Lim the post in such an event, prompting a round of denials by opposition leaders.

    Anwar later clarified that every coalition leader, regardless of race, had a shot at becoming deputy prime minister, so long as the decision was “made with consensus” among PR component parties.

    The source told The Malaysian Insider that some PR leaders were concerned that this latest issue could cause affect PR’s position in Malay-majority areas.

    “There will be a PR leadership council meeting this weekend focusing specifically on the convention. If it needs be, we will raise this issue then. Everyone in PR needs to work together so that problems like these can be reduced with minimal effect on PR’s image as a whole. We need to be united, and be seen as united,” added the source.

    However, The Malaysian Insider also understands that the convention this weekend will most likely “avoid” touching on sensitive or thorny issues concerning the relationship of the three component parties, and instead will place emphasis on PR states’ achievements.


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    Pakatan Registration: Hishammuddin stalling Pakatan registration, says PKR sec-gen

    Hishammuddin stalling Pakatan registration, says PKR sec-gen
    By Syed Mu’az Syed Putra
    March 19, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution accused Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of stalling Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s registration as a formal coalition.

    He said the delay was due to interference from the Home Ministry, not the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

    Saifuddin said that PR had actually obtained RoS’ clearance to register as legal political entity but the delay was due to “meddling” from the Home Minister himself.

    “RoS has approved Pakatan Rakyat’s registration... in fact, the RoS officer has already informed me about the approval.

    “But what is preventing the registration is when the minister (Hishammuddin) does not want to sign the application — RoS has approved but not the minister,” Saifuddin told The Malaysian Insider.

    The Machang MP said that special approval was needed from Hishammuddin for the setting-up of any formal organisation including PR.

    “We have done the necessary but we are caught in a bureaucratic mess,” said Saifuddin.

    When asked about RoS’ guidelines which specified that a minimum of seven members were needed for a coalition to be formally registered, Saifuddin said that it would not be a hindrance to PR.

    He also said that he was not informed of the stipulation, but believed that it was not part of the main guideline set by the RoS.

    “RoS says (in the media) that registration cannot be done because we have not enough members but we have not been officially informed about the matter, only through the media.

    “I believe that that is not the main guideline but if it is, it will not be a hindrance and we can discuss this,” said Saifuddin.

    The federal opposition now has four members -- PAS, PKR, DAP and Parti Nasional Sarawak (SNAP).

    RoS has previously stated that PR could register as an official political coalition because the seven-member stipulation was no longer being practised.

    PR made its application in 2009. The RoS has yet to respond. TheMalaysiaInsider....

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    Pakatan regisration jammed. Hishamuddin denies responsibility

    Do you trust him?

    Monday, 21 March 2011 18:30
    Hisham denies delaying registration but Pakatan unconvinced
    Written by New Jo-Lyn, Malaysia Chronicle

    Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has denied any involvement in holding back Pakatan Rakyat’s registration as an official coalition, but his claim failed to convince Pakatan leaders.

    “Obviously we will hound Hishamuddin until he signs. This is a straightforward application and there is no reason not to sign it,” said Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution told Malaysia Chronicle.

    According to Saifuddin, ROS had already given clearance for Pakatan to register as a legal political entity but the delay was due to the Home Minister’s refusal to sign the application.

    “We were informed by the ROS officer that there is no problem approving the registration in ROS but the setting up of any formal organisation needs special consent from the Home Ministry,” said Saifuddin.

    But on Monday, Hishamuddin refuted Saifuddin's claims, saying he did not have the details of the coalition’s application and that it was entirely up to the ROS to decide whether to give the green light or not.

    “Pakatan Rakyat’s application is no different from applications by other parties and bodies. Perhaps there are conditions which have yet to be fulfilled, but for that you’ll have to ask ROS,” Malaysian Insider

    Pakatan, who made their application in 2009, now has four members — PAS, PKR, DAP and Parti Nasional Sarawak (SNAP). Malaysia-Chronicle....

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    So secret societies can be registered but not us, Pakatan asks Registrar

    SEPTEMBER 03, 2013
    LATEST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 03, 2013 05:44 PM

    Pakatan Rakyat said today it will reapply to be registered as a political party but also took a swipe at the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for approving secret societies but not the coalition’s earlier application.

    "We know that RoS has recently admitted that there were three secret societies registered with them. If RoS can approve their application, then our application should be approved quickly since we are neither gangsters nor secret societies," said PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic) at a press conference at PKR headquarters today.

    The Star reported yesterday that the Registrar could not process Pakatan Rakyat’s application because it had not informed the Registrar about changes in the coalition’s pro-tem committee since 2009

    Saifuddin said the coalition found out the Registrar’s stand only from news reports yesterday, although it submitted the application on November 30, 2009. –September 3, 2013.

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    1:30PM Feb 18, 2014 'Approve registration of Pakatan before March 8'

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    The DAP’s organising secretary Anthony Loke has urged Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to approve Pakatan Rakyat’s registration before its convention on March 8.

    He said Pakatan has already held five conventions and applied at least three times for registration.

    “We urge the ROS and the home minister to approve the registration as soon as possible. We hope the approval can be gained before the convention so we could have its launch at the convention,” Loke said at a press conference with other component parties.

    Also present were PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali.

    Mustafa said the call to expedite registration has nothing to do with the Kajang by-election on March 23.

    Saifuddin said the last time an application was submitted was last January and the coalition has been following up on this “almost every day” to ensure it is approved.

    The ROS has explained that the application has yet to be processed because Pakatan has failed to provide information on changes in the leadership.

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