M Kayveas (right) during and his nemesis T Murugiah at happier times. Photo TheStar

M Kayveas (right) during and his nemesis T Murugiah at happier times. Photo TheStar

Datuk M. Kayveas has been declared the rightful PPP president, ending months of leadership tussle between him and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who announced this Wednesday, said the Registrar of Societies (ROS) made the decision based on the elections of PPP’s 2005-2010 supreme council members on Oct 2, 2005.

“Investigations also showed that the sacking of Datuk T. Murugiah from the party is made based on PPP constitution,” he told a post-cabinet news conference here today.

In line with this, Hishammuddin said, Murugiah’s “appointment” as PPP president at an extraordinary general meeting on May 24 was not valid as it did not comply with the requirements under the PPP constitution.

“The matter has been investigated from various aspects, including obtaining the views of the Home Ministry’s legal advisors,” he said.

He said investigations showed that Murugiah had no locus standi to act as party president, use party platform or carry out any activity related to the party.

Hishammuddin said PPP had been advised to take legal action if Murugiah continued to use the party’s name.

He said that he had met both leaders and felt that they would be able to accept ROS’ decision.

On Murugiah’s position as a senator, Hishammuddin said the matter was up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide. — BERNAMA