Bentong MP, 14 others fined over anti-Lynas gathering

Bentong MP Wong Tack and nine others fined RM1,500, in default 30 days’ jail, for failing to obey police orders to disperse during the protest in Gebeng in 2014. (Bernama pic)

KUANTAN: The Sessions Court today imposed a fine of between RM1,500 and RM1,600 on the Bentong MP and 14 others after finding them guilty of participating in an anti-Lynas illegal gathering in 2014.

Judge Unaizah Mohd handed down the sentence after finding the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

Unaizah fined Wong Tack, 59, and nine others RM1,500, in default 30 days’ jail, for failing to obey police orders to disperse during the protest held on Jalan Bandaran, Gebeng, between 4pm and 5.30pm on June 22, 2014.

The nine others were Raymond Ng Abdullah, 43, Rapar Ahmad, 48, Ta Weng Seng, 43, Hew Kuan Yau, 48, Lee Khai Ming, 41, Tan Chee Hooi, 43, Zamri Zonal, 30, Thomas Wang, 59, and Chong Kong Yuen, 69.

Five other protesters — Phua Kia Yaw, 47, Wong Chee Wen, 48, Wong Chee Wai, 39, Foong Poh Choo, 40, and Ho Kam Huat, 48 — were convicted of using force to breach a police barricade.

They were fined RM1,600, in default 40 days’ jail.

Ho, who was also found guilty of using criminal force to obstruct a policeman from carrying out his duty, was fined an additional RM1,000, in default 20 days’ jail.

Deputy public prosecutor Faridz Gohim Abdullah appeared for the prosecution while counsel Mohd Haijan Omar represented all the accused.

(Wong Tack’s fine is below the RM2,000 threshold that would have disqualified him as an MP. Lynas is a rare earth plant here that has drawn environmental concerns.)

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