It took three weeks for the authorities to decide to charge a DAP MP, but three years have passed since Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hassan was probed for sending RM10 million overseas through illegal means, and he has yet to be charged.

This was the lament of Seremban MP Anthony Loke, who was served with a court summons saying he will be charged next week for contravening the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 on June 22.

“This is selective prosecution. Lots of MPs are charged on technical issues (like not serving 10 days notice before a rally).

mohamad hasan negeri sembilan mb“But I received a written reply from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low about (the MB) and it says the investigation paper is complete and has already been sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Three years and no action, but when it comes to us, it only takes three weeks,” he said.

Mohamad (right) was probed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) when he sent RM10 million to London through a moneychanger in 2010.
Loke noted that despite having a case pending, Mohamad was still fielded as a BN candidate and then retained as Negri Sembilan MB.

“But in my case, they gave me the (summons to be present to be charged) before I even completed my statement to the police.

“The notice was prepared the day before I went to give the statement,” he said.

Loke  said that with a maximum penalty of RM10,000 fine if convicted, he may be facing disqualification as an MP.

Guan Eng feels a sense of deja vu

He added that charging the organisers of a rally which was peaceful, for contravening the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, goes against the spirit of the Act.

Co-organiser of the Kuala Lumpur Black 505 rally and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli is also expected to be charged with the same offence.

Also at the press conference was DAP secretary-general and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, who urged the attorney-general to withdraw the charge.

Asked why they would not just argue that the charge went against the spirit of the Act in court, Lim said he had gone through this before and that they would be swimming against the tide.

Feeling a sense of deja vu, he said: “It is like to gertak (threaten). It is a game of roulette. I was charged too and I lost because I was defending an underaged girl. I lost my MP status and was jailed.”

“The people who do wrong do not get punished but those seeking answers will be jailed.”

Lim was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment but served 12 months for “maliciously printing” a pamphlet containing allegedly “false information” on the alleged statutory rape of a girl by a government official.