MMA suspended for 6 months

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association has been suspended for six months following an appeal to the Home Ministry on its de-registration by the Registrar of Societies.

The association was de-registered on Nov 15, following alleged irregularities in the running of the organisation as well as the election of its office bearers.

“However, if they have failed to comply with all the provisions under the association’s registered By-Laws and Societies Act 1966 for the prescribed period, MMA will be de-registered automatically,” Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mahmood Adam said in a statement today.

He said the cancellation of MMA as a registered society will take place for the following reasons:

  • If it has wilfully violated the association’s by-law for failing to send a list of candidates nominated to run for office positions in the association in 2011 to members of the association, seven weeks before its annual general meeting;
  • If it has willfully violated the Association’s By-Law X because in MMA’s news in November and December 2011, a letter dated Oct 28, 2010 which offers members of the society to make nominations for the post of Honorary Deputy Secretaries before the Association’s 51st Annual General Assembly as stated in the Association’s By-Law X

“The association can also be deregistered if MMA has willfully violated the the Association’s By-Law IX (5)(ii) for the failure in informing the members on the nominated candidates for the Honorary General Treasurer for 2011,” Mahmood said.

“And also if MMA has willfully violated Article (1)(g), Article X (1)(h) and Article (1)(i) in the By-Law for sending members the agenda of the 51st Annual General Meeting not as provided in Article (1)(g), Article X (1)(h) and Article (1)(i) in the By-Law.”

MMA president Dr Mary Suma Cardosa, said under Section 18 of the Societies Act 1966, the society can appeal to the Home Minister who has the power to confirm, reject or vary the decision of the RoS.

“In essence, our interpretation of the ministry’s decision is positive, because it means that we can resume and to function normally until our next AGM which is due in May 2012, which is within the six month period,” she told the New Straits Times.

She said the allegations were technical in nature and in their opinion, it did not warrant a deregistration.

“The action of deregistration was too harsh and that was what we wrote in our letter of appeal, and we feel that the ministry has actually granted our appeal,” she said.

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