PUTRAJAYA, May 29— People’s Progressive Party (PPP) President Senator Datuk M Kayveas had been fined RM5,000 in 2005 and as such, he is not eligible to hold the post, said a group of party members who lodged a complaint with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) today.
The group’s spokesman, Dr N.A. Shanmuganathan said according to the March/April edition of the Bar Council’s official magazine, Infoline, Kayveas had been fined by the Bar Council on March 17, 2005 for an offence under Section 10D of the Legal Profession Act 1976.
He said that under Section 9A(1)(b) of the Registrar of Societies Act 1966, anyone who had been convicted and fined not less than RM2,000 or jailed not less than one year under any Malaysian law, then the person concerned was not eligible to hold any post in any registered organisation.
Shanmuganathan said that this meant Kayveas was not eligible to hold any post after March 17, 2005.
“But, Datuk Kayveas had participated in the party election in that year and had won the post of party president unopposed. He did so despite knowing that he had been fined by the Bar Council, thus disqualifying him from holding the post,” he said.
Meanwhile in Kota Baru, Kayveas claimed that the group who lodged a report with the Registrar of Societies that he was not eligible to hold any position in the party wanted to topple him.
He said that the complaint made by the group about his case with the Bar Council had nothing to do with the Registrar of Societies.
“The case with the Bar Council and the RM5,000 fine had yet to be finalised because he had filed an appeal and those who made the report did not know what was the case really about,” he told reporters after opening the Kelantan PPP Convention. – Bernama