S’wak lawmakers vow to fight rally charges

The charge sheet states that they participated in an illegal rally between 2pm and 3pm on August 29 “with others still at large”.

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen and Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping have vowed to fight to the end pending charges against them under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 for participating in the Bersih 4 rally at the end of August. They face, under section 4(2)(c ) of the Act, a maximum penalty of RM10,000 upon conviction.
“It’s very obvious that we are being persecuted in view of the forthcoming state elections which would be held anytime before mid-2016,” said Chong who is also Kota Sentosa Assemblyman.
“The Sarawak Government consented to the rally and the organisers had a police permit.”
The two lawmakers will be charged at the Sessions Court on Monday at 9am. The duo were served with their summonses and charge sheets by the police at the DAP Sarawak Headquarters on Sunday.
The charge sheet states that they participated in an illegal rally between 2pm and 3pm on August 29 “with others still at large”. The said rally reportedly started in front of the Hilton Hotel before taking the Jalan Borneo route, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Tabuan, and Jalan Ban Hock before ending at Song Kheng Hai Rugby field.
Chong’s lawyer, Dudong State Assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong, believes the charges are defective and he intends to inform the Court about this. “We may call Kuching District Police Chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad as a witness for the trial.”
Under the election laws, anyone who is fined RM2,000 or more will be prohibited from standing in an election for five years. If they are lawmakers, they will automatically lose their seats in Parliament and/or the State Assembly, and further will be prohibited from standing in an election for five years.
On freemalaysiatoday December 13, 2015