SHAH ALAM — PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang — better known as Tian Chua — remains Batu MP and will be able to contest in the coming 14th general elections (GE14) that must be called by August.
High Court judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman reduced today the federal Opposition lawmaker’s RM3,000 fine in lieu of three months’ jail to RM2,000 following an appeal against his conviction in March last year for insulting the modesty of a policeman on duty in 2014.
The new sum barely passes the legal threshold of not incurring more than a RM2,000 fine stated in the Federal Constitution that automatically strips him of his position as elected representative and which clears him to run for elections again.
“It is a regret that I remain convicted but I am relieved. I still maintain that I did not commit any offence that has insulted the police’s modesty.
“I will not proceed with any other appeal involving this case now that my eligibility as an MP and contestant for GE14 is unchanged. It is time to focus on the preparations for elections” Chua told reporters at the Court lobby today.
THE MALAY MAIL