Tian Chua gets 3 months’ jail, fined RM1,800

> Batu MP guilty of mak­ing sedi­tious state­ment


KUALA LUMPUR: Batu MP Tian Chua (pix) was sen­tenced to three months’ jail and fined RM1,800, in de­fault six months’ jail, by the ses­sions court yes­ter­day for mak­ing a sedi­tious state­ment at a pub­lic fo­rum here.

This means that Tian Chua still re­mains an MP. An elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive is only dis­qual­i­fied from be­ing an MP or state as­sem­bly­man if he or she is sen­tenced to at least one year in jail or fined more than RM2,000.

Judge Zulqar­nain Has­san im­posed the sen­tence on Tian Chua, whose full name is Chua Tian Chang, 53, af­ter find­ing him guilty of the charge.

Zulqar­nain said he took into con­sid­er­a­tion pub­lic in­ter­est and at the same time, all the fac­tors pre­sented by Tian Chua’s lawyer, N. Suren­dran.

He also al­lowed a stay of ex­e­cu­tion of the sen­tence af­ter Suren­dran made an ap­pli­ca­tion.

Tian Chua was charged on May 29, 2013, with mak­ing a sedi­tious state­ment at a pub­lic fo­rum to in­cite the peo­ple to change the govern­ment through un­law­ful means.

He com­mit­ted the of­fence at the Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor Assem­bly Hall at No. 1, Jalan Ma­hara­jalela, Dang Wangi here be­tween 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13, 2013. The charge, un­der Sec­tion 4(1)(b) of the Sedi­tion Act 1948 (Act 15), is pun­ish­able with a max­i­mum fine of RM5,000 or three years’ jail, or both, on con­vic­tion.

Suren­dran was as­sisted by lawyer Latheefa Koya while DPP Ju­lia Ibrahim and Jas­mee Hameeza Jaa­far pros­e­cuted.

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