KUALA LUMPUR: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has sought justice from the Dewan Rakyat speaker after revealing that the eight men who attacked him on Parliament grounds were charged today only under the Minor Offences Act.
Those found guilty under this act can be fined not more than RM100 each.
When contacted by FMT, lawyer Salehuddin Saidin, representing the eight accused, said the eight had claimed trial to the charges against them under Section 14 of Minor Offences Act, for provoking breach of peace.
“RM100 is the maximum fine that can be imposed under the Minor Offences Act if the accused is found guilty.”
He denied allegations that the eight had already been fined less than RM100 each.
Salehuddin added the Magistrate Court here had fixed the next mention date to hear the case for May 8.
All eight posted bail at RM500 each with a surety.
Activist and dancer Bilqis Hijjas was acquitted last year by the Magistrate’s Court under the same section for dropping balloons at a shopping mall in September 2015.
Khalid, speaking at a press conference in the Parliament building today, showed the charge sheet from the court containing the names of the eight attackers.
They were Firdaus Tajudin, Faizal Tajudin, Ariffin Mohamed, Erwan Halmi, Azmir Ahmad, Sapiah Sulaiman, Norbaiti Taha and Hasnah Razali.
The first two are believed to be the sons of Pasir Salak MP Tajudin Abdul Rahman with whom Khalid had a verbal spat in the Dewan Rakyat last November.
“The matter is taken lightly because it is seen as a small matter. The Parliament police were also attacked. They have also made a police report, but their report was not taken into consideration.
“I asked the AG (Attorney-General) to look into the case in a fair manner. This (happened) on Parliament grounds. Where is the logic (to charge them under Minor Offences Act)?”
The Amanah leader said he would write a letter to Pandikar on the matter as the Parliament police were under his care.
“Because the police here were also kicked, and they are under the care of the speaker. I hope the speaker will charge them (the attackers),” he said.
On Nov 24, a group of men had harassed Khalid, shouting “Hidup Pasir Salak! Hidup Pasir Salak!” The scene turned ugly after one of them fell during a confrontation by security officers.
The mob went after Khalid but the security officers were able to shield him from any harm.
The whole scene was captured on video by FMT reporters on the premises.
Khalid later told reporters that he was not hurt during the attack and thanked the Parliament security for protecting him.
According to Khalid, security officers had warned him that a group of men from Pasir Salak were in the area.
In a written reply earlier, the home ministry said the police had carried out an investigation on the case under Section 147 of the Penal Code.
It said the probe had been forwarded to the AG’s Chambers for further investigation and had since been completed.
Khalid had asked on the status of the investigation following the attack.