Finally, Pakatan gets registered

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KUALA LUMPUR — The Registrar of Societies (RoS) yesterday approved Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) registration to be an official political coalition.

The news was confirmed by sources in both DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), two of the ruling pact’s four component parties.

However, PPBM’s strategic director Datuk Rais Hussin told Malay Mail to wait for the official announcement by the Home Ministry, today.

“I cannot say further, but all I can say is wait for the announcement from KDN tomorrow (Thursday),” he said, referring to the Malay initials of the ministry.

Similarly, PH secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had said on Twitter that the coalition has yet to receive the registration certificate, and also asked the public to wait for an official statement issued by the Home Ministry.

The registration certificate was circulated on social media yesterday evening.

It was signed by RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim, who had previously blocked the move.

On Feb 22, PH had through five of its leaders filed for judicial review against the RoS over the latter’s alleged unlawful failure to respond to a registration bid.

The RoS said it could not proceed with the application since PH’s component PPBM had yet to respond and provide all the information and documents required.

PH parties then contested the election under PKR’s ticket and logo in Peninsular Malaysia, and the pact took over Putrajaya after a shock win against Barisan Nasional.