Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Pua cries abuse for being pulled into ROS dragnet

  • Nigel Aw
  • Nov 6, 2012
Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua has cried foul after becoming the latest person to be hauled up by the Registrar of Societies (ROS), with the help of police, to investigate human rights NGO Suaram.

NONE"This is getting completely ridiculous, I think there are people without brains working in the particular department (investigating Suaram)," Pua (right in photo) told a press conference at the Parliament lobby this morning.

"They are so eager to persecute Suaram that they will go the full extent to bully and harass people who are trying to protect human rights and fight corruption in Malaysia."

He said he was shocked by the summons handed to him as he had never been part of Suaram's activities, except in making statements in defence of the NGO.

NONEThe ROS summons to Pua, under Sections 111 and 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code, comes a day after it was reported that Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah and Bar Council chairperson Lim Chee Wee have also been called up by ROS.

Maria and Lee too have expressed bewilderment, as they have never been part of Suaram.
Section 111 outlines police powers to summon witnesses, including obtaining a warrant if any individual refuses to comply. Section 112 lays out the details of an examination process.

Pua said he will consult his lawyers on the next course of action before Thursday when he must present himself at the ROS headquarters in Putrajaya.

"I will ask my lawyers to study whether I can set aside this order because it is a frivolous order and an abuse of power by the authorities," he said.

Another lawyer hauled up

In a related development, lawyer Syahredzan Johan too has been summoned before the ROS under the same section of the CPC.

NONEWhen contacted, Syahredzan (left) - who had received the notice yesterday - said he is required to report to the ROS headquarters tomorrow.

"I have no idea why (I am being summoned). I am in the process of getting legal advice," he said.

Syahredzan said he will try to get an explanation from the ROS before complying with the summons.

"We also want a copy of the police report to which the ROS referred (for this investigation)," he added.

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