KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) -- Deputy Minister in the Prime
Minister's Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah Wednesday vowed that he
would "fight till the end" to defend his post as the legitimate
president of the People's Progressive Party (PPP).
He told Bernama that his election as president on May 24 was in
accordance with the party's constitution and that he had submitted all
the relevant do*****ents to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) for
Murugiah and PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas are embrolied in a tussle
to control the party with each claiming to be the legitimate president.
The spat between the two personalities has split the party with each claiming support of the majority.
Murugiah claimed that almost 90 per cent of the party members were
now supporting him and that he would meet leaders from 110 divisions
tonight to discuss the latest development in the party. Kayveas has
rubbished this claim.
Both factions have met the ROS to give their explanation.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
yesterday, the ROS office had still not completed its investigation.
The Kayveas faction is scheduled to hold its general assembly on
Sunday and had invited Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to open
However, Najib had indicated that he would attend only when the ROS had ascertained the true situation.
Meanwhile, PPP information chief Datuk Samson Maman, who is
aligned to Kayveas, said preparations for the general assembly were in
"full swing" with invitations being sent out to the VIPs and observers.
"We are meeting daily to plan every detail to ensure that the assembly proceeds smoothly," he said.
Murugiah said he had information that the Kayveas group was
planning to bring in factory workers to fill the Putra World Trade
Centre, the venue of the assembly.
Murugiah: Meeting validly convened
NST, June 04 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 People's Progressive Party (PPP) divisional
leaders from all over the country gathered for a dialogue session to
back the leadership of the "new" party president Senator Datuk T.
Murugiah, who chaired the session, said the
extraordinary general meeting (EGM) that saw him being elected as the
new president on May 24, was attended by two thirds of valid members.
The session, held at a hotel here, saw an overcrowded meeting room with
members from various races discussing the roles and responsibilities of
respective committee members and the direction of the party under the
leadership of Murugiah.
Murugiah claimed at a press conference
that he had saved the party from being declared illegal as he was quick
to submit the relevant do*****ents to the Registrar of Societies (ROS)
after the EGM.
"Based on the party constitution, PPP should
have held its annual general meeting (AGM) within 18 months of the
previous AGM, meaning a meeting should have been called on or before
"Failure to do so, would mean the party leaders are considered powerless, just like a snake.
"A snake that shed its old skin will be weak and needs a quiet corner to regain new skin and strength."
He said since the AGM was not held on the said date, members could convene an EGM to decide on the future of the party.
"Based on this, the EGM was validly convened and among the pertinent
motions passed was the immediate reinstatement of my membership along
with six others and the passing of a no-confidence vote against
president Datuk M. Kayveas and his supreme council members," he said.
Murugiah also said Kayveas's recent statement that the ROS had given him approval for the AGM this Sunday was a lie.
He alleged that the members who would attend the upcoming AGM had been paid to do so.
"Kayveas should also stop saying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak
had agreed to attend the opening of the AGM, when the PM clearly said
he would not attend any meetings until he receives the report from the
ROS," said Murugiah.