Malaysian MP claims trial over 'Onederful' Malaysia parody during CNY

Malaysian MP claims trial over 'Onederful' Malaysia parody during CNY
Charged with a sedition act
Malaysian opposition legislator Teresa Kok (centre) meeting the press after lodging a police report at the Tun H. S. Lee police station in Kuala Lumpur on 7 February 2014. With her are (from left) Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh, Thasleem and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh (far right).

KUALA LUMPUR - Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has been charged with sedition over her controversial Chinese New Year video.

Teresa, 50, claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to publishing a seditious video titled Teresa Kok 'Onederful' Malaysia CNY 2014 on YouTube.

The alleged offence occurred at an apartment along Jalan Bangsar, here, at 9am on Feb 1.

Kok, wearing a bright red baju kurung, appeared calm as the court interpreter read snippets of the video, which had been translated into Malay.

Kok can lose her seat as MP if she is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment of more than a year or fined more than RM2,000 (S$770).

Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 provides for a jail term of up to three years or a fine of RM5,000 or both.

Datuk Param Cumaraswamy urged the court to allow a personal bond for Kok, saying she was unlikely to abscond due to her position as an elected representative.

Sessions judge Norsharidah Awang fixed bail at RM4,000 with one surety, and set June 9 for case management.

DPPs Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad and P. Viknesvaran acted for the pros­e­cution, while Param, Sankara Nair and Gobind Singh represented Kok.

Speaking to reporters after posting bail, Kok said the video was only political satire, which were common topics of discussion among people.

"If anyone thinks they are being ridiculed in any way on the video, they can by all means sue me. But till today, no one has said that they were hurt or ridiculed by this video," said Kok.

Kok's 11-minute video, which was uploaded on Jan 27, depicts the DAP leader as the host of a feng shui programme interviewing three panelists regarding Chinese New Year and their predictions.

The panelists in the video are alleged to have made fun of a variety of issues, such as the Malaysian education system and last year's Lahad Datu intrusion, as well as top leaders.

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