Malaysia – Pro tem president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced that the Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda) has been officially registered as a political party.
The Muar MP claimed Muda was informed of its registration by email and formal letter on December 23, but because they had been busy with flood rescue work, the announcement has just been made.
Syed Saddiq also hailed the judges and Muda’s attorneys for the party’s legal triumph against the government in its earlier registration denial.
Syed Saddiq thanked the government for not appealing the High Court ruling on December 14 ordering Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to register Muda as a political party within two weeks, while holding up the official letter.
According to him, they didn’t want the flood disaster to be overshadowed by political news, regarding the Muda’s register. That is why they took a position and chose to prioritize the flood mission and to relieve the rakyat’s load, and just announced the wonderful news a week later.
He went on to say, “Muda is a party for everyone and the party of the future.”
Syed Saddiq, speaking on the party’s membership, revealed that over 60,000 applications had been submitted online via the party’s Geng Muda registration campaign.
He claimed the oldest member is 83 years old and that membership is open to everyone who wants to “turbo charge Malaysia ahead to become a developed nation.”
Following Muda’s formal registration, Syed Saddiq anticipates membership to grow.
Muda’s success in court was a long time coming, since it was the third lawsuit the organization had to bring in order to be registered as a political party.
Muda had written to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) on September 17, 2020, to ask to be registered as a political party, and had submitted a letter of demand to the RoS on December 21, 2020, after waiting more than three months for the latter to deliberate on the registration application.
Muda was prepared to initiate a lawsuit against the RoS after the latter chose to deny the party’s application for political party registration on January 6, 2021.
Muda’s 13 co-founders filed their first lawsuit against the home minister and RoS on January 12, 2021, via a judicial review application, to contest the registration refusal and seek court orders to be registered as a political party and compensation.
Muda’s plea for permission for the judicial review to be heard was denied by the High Court on February 4, 2021, because the court determined that Muda had not exhausted the legal procedure under the Societies Act’s Section 18 to appeal to the home minister against the RoS’ denial.
Muda had submitted an appeal to the home minister on the same day as the High Court’s February 4 ruling, challenging the RoS’ January 6 decision to deny its application for registration as a political party.