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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Police summon Sarawak DAP leaders, sedition charge likely

The seven are told they may be investigated for sedition and violating the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 when they held a protest last week.
Dr-Ting-Tiong-Choon
KUCHING: Seven DAP leaders, including three elected representatives were summoned to record their statements yesterday regarding a protest held outside the Sarawak assembly building last Wednesday morning.
The protest was attended by some 30 people who gathered to voice their disapproval over the suspension of state DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen from the Sarawak assembly and to demand for more transparency in the state government’s reportage of its finances.
The three state representatives that recorded their statements yesterday were Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, Dr Ting Tiong Choon (Pujut) and David Wong Kee Woan (Pelawan).
Yong confirmed that their statements were recorded by the police yesterday afternoon at the Simpang Tiga One Stop Centre.
Also recording his statement was Mordi Bimol at the Gita police station. Mordi was the DAP candidate for the Tasik Biru seat in this year’s state election and the Mas Gading Parliamentary seat in 2013.
Last Wednesday evening DAP members Bong Kuet Vui, Dr Kelvin Yii and Abdul Aziz Isa were summoned by the police to record their statements.
Bong is the personal assistant of Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei, while both Yii and Abdul Aziz serve as special assistants to Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen.
Abdul Aziz was the former candidate for the Batu Kitang state seat.
The police said the leaders were likely to be investigated for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012, as well as the Sedition Act. The penalty for violating the PAA 2012 is a maximum RM10,000 fine while general sedition cases carry a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.
A jail sentence exceeding one year or a fine exceeding RM2,000 would bar a person from political office for five years.
Last Monday, Chong was suspended by Speaker Awang Asfia Awang Nasar for the entire current session, which ends Nov 30.
Asfia suspended Chong for making “unsubstantiated allegations” regarding the state’s minor rural projects (MRP) fund tabled last year. According to Chong, RM250 million of the fund’s RM905 million total, was unaccounted for.
After the suspension, Chong told the media he had been unfairly treated because he refused to withdraw his questions regarding the issue. -FMT

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