KUALA TERENGGANU: Almost 30,000 societies have been deregistered for contravening various regulations since the Registrar of Societies began to digitize its records four years ago.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the errant societies that made up 44 percent of the 66,828 in its records failed to conform to the Societies Act 1966 were detected after the RoS did away with postal correspondence.
“Despite repeated warnings in recent years, the errant organisations failed to furnish their statement of accounts, details of their meetings and even did not hold their mandatory annual general meetings as scheduled.
“Thus, the RoS had to be firm as it was not given any choice rather than to cancel their registrations,” said Zahid at the ‘National Societies Carnival 2017’ at Dataran Batu Burok.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, added that the RoS was not attempting to be cruel but needed to take drastic measures to safeguard the dignity and interests of all.
“My ministry is always committed to ensure the security, peace and harmony of the country and its people is guaranteed.
“It is vital for all levels of society, especially non-governmental organisations, to adhere to this agenda,” said Zahid.
Since the digitalisation exercise, all correspondence with the RoS, concerning enquiries, registration, certification and updates, is done online.
The RoS, which comes under the purview of the Home Ministry, also has 1,404 registered organisations in Terengganu.
It has a RM40 million allocation under the 2017 Budget meant for Residents’ Associations in the crime-prevention, anti-dadah, cleanliness and maintenance activities.
He added he was aware of many deregistered organisations, including one that represented uniformed veterans under his ministry’s purview, which had its assets frozen.
“I hope the dormant deregistered organizations will reactive themselves for the sake of their members interests, as the RoS provides financial assistance to active ones.
“They can appeal and the minister can use his discretion, on a case by case basis.
“The affected organisations can even pool their resources with others with similar activities,” said Zahid.
He cited how motorcyclists of various capacities united to form the Amalgamated Motorcycle Union of Malaysia with two million members.
“This allows for greater interaction between kapcai (cub) riders with superbikers. They are now one of the largest organisations in the country and have a greater voice and demand in highlighting their plight and in seeking assistance for accessories and the like,” he said.
Zahid commended Terengganu for constructing the drag bike track in Gong Badak for youths to test their motorcycle skills, rather than take to public streets to race illegally.
“I have also proposed to the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) to consider reducing taxes on motorcycles in the 2018 Budget,” said Zahid.