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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Ex-KLSCAH leader charged over alleged porn video to lawyer


Former Chinese association member Yeo Kwi Seng claimed trial today in a court case involving the alleged insult of modesty of a lawyer last year.

The accused made the plea before the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates’ Court in relation to a criminal charge involving alleged victim Veronica Wong Pei Huan.

On June 27 last year, Wong, 51, who is the daughter of MCA veteran Wong Mook Leong, lodged a police report against Yeo over the alleged sexual harassment.

The alleged victim also claimed that she received a letter of demand (precursor to a possible civil suit) from Yeo over her raising her claims on social media.

Earlier that month (June last year), Yeo, who was then Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) board member, reportedly declined to talk about the case, adding that he would let his lawyer speak with the alleged victim.

He had also then lodged his own police report over an alleged attempt by an unknown man to extort RM10,000 from him in return for the withdrawal of the sexual harassment allegation.

During today’s open-court proceedings before magistrate Wong Chai Sia, the 68-year-old accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of insulting modesty under Section 509 of the Penal Code.

The businessperson was purported to have committed the offence by sending the WhatsApp porn video to the alleged victim.

The offence allegedly took place at Suite 5.05-5.10, fifth floor, Imbi Plaza, at Jalan Imbi, Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur, between May 23 and June 16, 2021.

If convicted, the accused may be jailed up to five years, fined, or penalised with both penalties.

After Yeo made his not-guilty plea, prosecuting officer Nom Phot Prackdit applied for bail to be set at RM3,000 with one surety.

The accused’s defence counsel Kitson Foong said they are satisfied with the bail being set at RM3,000.

The lawyer said Yeo, who is a married father of two, is not a flight risk and the offence is a bailable one.

“He (Yeo) is an upstanding member of society, hence there is no risk of (him) absconding,” Foong submitted as the accused looked on from the dock.

The magistrate then granted bail at RM3,000 with one bailor, who is Yeo’s sister-in-law.

The lower court also set July 27 for the next mention date of the case. - Mkini

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