GEORGETOWN – Members of the Voluntary Patrol Team (PPS) in Penang have been advised to sue the state government and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for approving the setting up of the illegal organisation.
People’s Alternative Party (PAP) pro-tem committee chairman Zulkifli Mohd Noor said the PPS members had the right to do so through a civil rights claim.
“This is because their reputations and good names have been tarnished because they were believed to have participated in an illegal organisation. If they had known the real status of the organisation from the legal point of view, they wouldn’t have joined it.
“…they have a locus standi and a right to protect their civil rights and dignity,” he told a press conference here today.
He said although some of the PPS members were being investigated by the police, they still had the right to seek general damages for their tarnished reputations.
Zulkifli said PAP was willing to provide legal aid and consultation to the PPS members who wanted to take legal action against the responsible quarters.
Last Tuesday, Home Minister secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff declared the PPS as an illegal organisation according to Section 5(1) of the Societies Act 1966 and that all its accounts, assets, and properties would be handed over and wound up by the Malaysian Insolvency Department.
After five years of its formation, PPS was reported to have 9,002 members, 57 per cent of whom were Chinese, 33 per cent Malays and 10 per cent Indians.
In August, 157 members of the organisation, including its chairman, were arrested for ignoring warnings not to carry out their activities after PPS was found to be not registered with the Registrar of Societies.
All of them were then released on police bail. – BERNAMA