MCA Youth calls on AG to review decision to drop sedition charges in Low Yat Plaza case

MCA Youth calls on AG to review decision to drop sedition charges in Low Yat Plaza case
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PETALING JAYA - MCA Youth has urged the attorney-general to review the decision by the Attorney General to drop sedition charges against Ali Tinju or Mohd Ali Baharom for a speech he made outside Low Yat Plaza in July on grounds of lack of evidence.

The MCA Youth Young Professionals Bureau Chairman Choo Wei Sern said the attorney general's decision was surprising as the video of the speech are widely available on social media.

"The incident had garnered great publicity and concern amongst the rakyat who grow increasingly wary and sceptical about race relations in our nation and how these matters are being dealt with," Choo said in a statement on Friday.

The Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association member allegedly said during the incident: "Okay, we want justice. This is the dignity of Malays, not because one Chinese boy attacked many Malays. This is Malay land. Unite, and attack the DAP Chinese who are rude."

He was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 on July 16.

Deputy public prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim was reported to have told Kuala Lumpur session court judge Azman Mustapha on Thursday that he received instructions from the Attorney-General's Chambers to drop the charge.

Choo said that while they acknowledge the prerogative of the Attorney General to proceed with a charge, they believed the most effective manner of closure is to seek the decision of the courts concerning his guilt or innocence.

"As things stand, the public is now left to speculate on the innocence or guilt of Ali Tinju and ultimately, there may be irresponsible parties who may interpret this as encouragement to re-enact the whole unpleasant and dangerous Low Yat Plaza incident. We must never allow this to happen again," he said.

He added that the incident must not be allowed to remain unresolved and that the judiciary was entrusted to define what conduct is acceptable or not.

"As such, we urge the Attorney General to review his own decision, if not provide a proper, clearer explanation on his decision as to why charges are not brought in this matter," he said.

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