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eROSES makes registration of new societies a breeze

by Johnson K Saai, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on July 10, 2012, Tuesday

READY TO SERVE: Ken (centre) flanked by registrar officers Yati Hipeni (left) and Surtini Mohamad at the news conference.

KUCHING: Registration of new societies or organisations with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) is getting easier, faster and more convenient now with the extension of the the eROSES system nationwide, including to Sarawak, beginning this month.

State ROS director Ken Leben, however, was quick to point out that the registration of political parties would still have to undergo the normal procedure.

“Effective this month, societies and organisations throughout the state can register with ROS from anywhere by just going to our website.

“They don’t have to come to our office personally and apply for registration manually anymore like before. We believe this system will help save the applicants’ time and expenses. It is fully paperless,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Since implementation of the system is still in its infancy, applicants still need to go to the nearest ROS office to pay the RM30 registration fee.

However, applications from outstation can pay using bank drafts or money order. The pilot eROSES system, whose website address is www.eroses.gov.my, was launched last February in Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Johore and Negeri Sembilan.

“This new system, which is an initiative of ROS in response to the government’s slogan of people first, performance now, was extended to other states nationwide, including Sarawak, on July 2.

“At the moment, the system is in the initial phase of implementation where it provides online registration of new societies, establishment of branches and amendment of constitutions. The full implementation will be launched on January 13, 2013.”

Ken added that the system was developed with the collaboration of the Home Ministry’s Information Technology (IT) Department, National Registration Department, Royal Malaysian Police, Prisons Department and National Anti Drug Agency.

The collaboration, he said, had saved the government about RM8 million compared to giving the project to private developers.

“What has to be done is for the secretary of a society to create a free account at the eROSES website by giving details of their proposed association.

“The result of the application will be given online within five working days, compared to at least one month previously.”

He said that as of yesterday, they had received five online applications.

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