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'Selangor govt has no legal standing'


KUALA LUMPUR: The PKR-led Selangor government does not have any legal standing to obtain any order from the court over the dissolution and deregistration of Balkis (The Wives of Selangor Elected Representatives Association).

Senior federal counsel Datin Azizah Nawawi submitted this before High Court judge Datuk Rohana Yusuf during the hearing in chambers yesterday, in a suit filed by the Selangor government and nine others to challenge the Registrar of Societies' (ROS) decision to deregister Balkis. They are also seeking an order to reinstate Balkis.

Azizah said the state government and nine other applicants, with the exception of Puan Sri Salbiah Tunut (wife of current Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim), did not have the right to challenge the ROS as they were only financial donors.

Counsel for the applicants, Derek Fernandez and S. Selvarajah, submitted that the notice which was sent for a requisition to dissolve Balkis never mentioned the agenda or the purpose of the meeting.

Selvarajah said under the law, the minister could exempt Balkis from compliance with the provisions of the Societies Act 1966, but stressed that in this case, he had done so in retrospect after Balkis was deregistered.

"ROS deregistered Balkis on Feb 11, 2009.

"However the letter from ROS Putrajaya to ROS Selangor stating the exemption given by the home minister was dated March 20, 2009."

The other eight applicants in the suit were Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd, Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, Worldwide Holdings Bhd, Selangor Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd, Selaman Sdn Bhd, PKNS Infra Bhd and PKNS Engineering & Construction Bhd.

Fernandez said the judge indicated that she would deliver her decision before the end of this month.


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