Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Urge AG should drop all plans to appeal to the High Court

Media statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 19th July 2016

Urge AG should drop all plans to appeal to the High Court ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Loh Kar Yee aged 17 years then, who just left the secondary school, was working for part time as a clerk in a bookshop store located in Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh.

On the 29th November 2013, police ambushed into the her working place and arrested her together with the employer (Tang Chung Keat) on the grounds that they were exploiting a labour with force which falls under Section 13 of the Anti- Trafficking in Persons Act 2007.

Her case was first heard on 6th August 2014 and the decision was delivered today at the Ipoh Sessions Court . After 17 days of Hearing of the case, the court freed both the accused after the close of the prosecution case. The court said there was no case against the accuseds.

We (M. Kulasegaran and Selvam Nadarajah) have acted for Loh Kar Yee on a Pro Bono (free of charge) as she is a daughter of a poor vegetable seller in the Buntong Market, Ipoh.

Loh Kar Yee at this age (21 years old) had due to this case gone through a lot of pain and suffering in her life, which made her unable to continue with her higher education. We wrote to the AG, asking for her charge to be brought some 2 years ago. However, the application was refused. Due to this charge brought against her, she could not pursue with her studies. At all material she claimed innocence to the charges.

The future of this young lady have been destroyed due to the unwarranted and unfair charge being brought against her.

If found guilty she faces a minimum sentence of 3 years maximum 20 years.

We are also asking the AG not to appeal this matter to the High court and the charge against Loh Kar Yee and Tang Chung Keat should be dropped.

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