KUALA LUMPUR: National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the government must ensure due process was followed in determining Umno’s status.
“We must respect due process. What I wouldn't like is the Registrar of Societies (ROS), perhaps being used in that process.
“We need a strong opposition as much as we need a good government. So whatever happens to Umno, I think due process must be followed.
“But at the end of the day, whichever form they are, a good opposition is as important as a good government,” she was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
Ambiga said she hoped the government's treatment of the opposition would be different compared to before.
“And I hope we will not have this nonsense we had previously where the opposition is treated as the enemy,” she said, adding the government must remember that the people had voted for the members of the opposition and this must be respected.
“I hope this government will show it is a government for all, including Umno members..,” she said.
It was reported that Umno’s status had been questioned following its failure to hold party elections within the time frame imposed by its own constitution.
However, the party had clarified that the ROS had allowed a time extension for Umno to hold its party elections at all levels.