Friday, April 29, 2016

"Celaka UMNO" is not Seditious

Today in George Town, Penang, the Sessions court acquitted and discharged DAP lawmaker RSN Rayer (left) of a sedition charge over his “celaka UMNO” (Damn UMNO) remark.
Justice Roslan Hamid said the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the Seri Delima state assemblyperson. “While the prosecution has proved that he has said those words in a speech, it has failed to prove the seditious element as UMNO (are) not a racial group but a political group,” he had said.
The court also found that the prosecution had no case against Rayer for an alternative charge, under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
Rayer was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly uttering “celaka UMNO” during a Bukit Gelugor by-election ceramah at Jalan Delima on May 22, 2014. He also faced an alternative charge under Section 504 of the Penal Code for the offence.
In spite of being vindicated, Rayer still faced yet another sedition charge for uttering a similar “celaka, celaka, celaka UMNO” remark made on May 20, 2014, during the state legislative assembly sitting. He was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 and is liable to be jailed up to five years or fined RM5,000 or both if found guilty.
The trial for this case has already begun and a judgment is expected in June 2016.
Common sense has won. For now.
I watched the first leg of the Europa League live early this morning (3:00 AM Malaysian time). Liverpool and Villarrreal were to end the match 0-0 – until injury time, when one disorganized moment and precise counter-attack saw the former concede a goal. Adrián López’s ninety-second minute winner leaves the Reds in need of another Anfield recovery next Thursday's return leg.

Villarreal players celebrate their victory.
Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club has achieved 5 DCP points – thus making us a Distinguished Club. In just 6 months.


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