KOTA KINABALU - Four Sabah activists were the first to be charged over seditious activities involving the social media-based secessionist movement Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM).
Azrie Situ, 25, Jemmy Liku Markus Situ, 32, Erick Jack William, 29, and Joseph Kolis, 29, were charged under Section 4(2) of the Sedition Act 1948 (Act 15) in the Sessions Court here yesterday.
The four were charged with possessing more than one hundred pamphlets related to state rights in the Federation, which were said to be seditious in nature.
All of them pleaded not guilty after being charged individually before Sessions Court judge Dean Wayne Dally.
Dally granted them bail of RM20,000 (S$7,509) each and ordered that their passports be impounded. Case management was set for April, with trial set for five days starting May 18.
The four, who posted bail, were among nine arrested at the Tuaran Tamu grounds on Feb 1 for possession of seditious material.
They were suspected to be linked with the secessionist movement operated by London-based Sabah activist Doris Jones, specifically identified as Yapp Kim Youn from Labuan, who is on the wanted list.