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.