The Registration of Societies (ROS) de-registered the Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall (MCAH) and terminated all activities by the association effective 5th October 2011 for holding its Annual General Meeting without a quorum.
The chairman, Mr. Tan Nam Yik gave his statement to the Chinese media and regrets the ROS decision. The committee members of the Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall feel that this is very unusual as the association should not be “killed-off” and be given an order terminating its status as an NGO and banning it from organising all its activities.
The Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall which was formed in 1989 ( 22 years ago ), is actively involved in promoting Chinese education and cultural matters.
Tan suspects that this may have something to do with the association’s heated election which took place in June of this year, and the losing party may have made reports with the ROS.
Following this the lawyer of Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall, Mr. Lee Jie Er, revealed that the association’s property is worth a total of RM3mil, the title to which may also be revoked due to its deregistration.
Meanwhile, three state Chinese Assembly Hall associations pledged in a press statement to defy the ROS and support the Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall’s appeal to reinstate the identity of the association.
The three main Chinese association bodies in the country are the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall and Johor Federal Chinese Association.
The president of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia ( Hua Zong ) , Pheng Yin Huah, in his press statement, mentioned that Hua Zong was highly concerned about the matter and will discuss it in its main committee meeting this weekend .
He personally feels that the related authorities might be taking the matter too seriously, and he believes that things can be resolved or if necessary be brought immediately to the attention of Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Picture taken from: Vitrualtourist.com