Tian Chua fined RM3,000 for in­sult­ing cop’s modesty

New Straits Times - - News -

PKR vi­cepres­i­dent Tian Chua was yes­ter­day fined RM3,000 for in­sult­ing the modesty of a po­lice of­fi­cer three years ago.

Tian Chua, 53, whose real name is Chua Tian Chang was found guilty of ut­ter­ing re­marks against a po­lice of­fi­cer by judge Yas­min Ab­dul Razak.

Yas­min said the pros­e­cu­tion had proven its case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

The Batu mem­ber of par­lia­ment (MP) was ac­cused of ut­tered words that in­cluded “bas­tard” and “stupid po­lice”, with an in­ten­tion to in­sult the modesty of Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Glenn A. Si­nap­pah at the main en­trance of Ar­mada Ho­tel lobby here at 7.45pm on April 14, 2014.

Chua was rep­re­sented by Latheefa Koya while deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Suhaimi Ibrahim ap­peared for the pros­e­cu­tion.

Dur­ing mit­i­ga­tion, Latheefa told the court that Chua was not only a par­lia­men­tar­ian but also a so­cial ac­tivist who fought for the rights of work­ers and had won many ac­co­lades and awards.

“There is no rea­son to jail him be­cause no harm was done to any­body and a fine not ex­ceed­ing RM2,000 is suf­fi­cient. Oth­er­wise, he will lose his el­i­gi­bil­ity to con­test in the next elec­tion.”

De­wan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ron­ald Kiandee said Chua would not be dis­qual­i­fied as an MP im­me­di­ately, de­spite be­ing fined RM3,000 be­cause he could still ap­peal the court rul­ing.

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