GEORGE TOWN: Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer pleaded not guilty to two separate charges of sedition at the Sessions Courts here over an “Umno celaka” remark three months ago.
Rayer was charged in one Sessions Court with uttering the words: “Celaka-celaka ini, celaka-celaka Umno ini kurang ajar, biadap... (celaka Umno, ill-mannered and rude)” at the Penang state assembly at 9.30am on May 20.
Later, at another Sessions Court, he was slapped with the charge of saying “... Tapi ini Umno memang celaka ... (but this Umno is really celaka)” during his speech at a park in Jalan Delima, Island Glades, at 10pm on May 22.
He also claimed trial to the alternative charge of humiliating and provoking Umno members by uttering the seditious words with the knowledge that it might lead to the disruption of public order at the same place, time and day.
For both offences under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948, Rayer, who is from DAP, now faces a jail term of up to three years, a RM5,000 fine or both.
The alternative charge under Section 504 of the Penal Code for provocation carries a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both.
Bail was set separately at RM3,000 by Sessions judges Zulhazmi Abdullah and Zaharah Hussain.
The judges also fixed Oct 17 for mention of the cases in their respective courts.
Earlier, Rayer arrived at the court complex here at about 9am, accompanied by his lawyers Gobind Singh Deo, Ramkarpal Singh and S. Raveentharan and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
In KUALA LUMPUR, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and N. Surendran are expected to be charged with sedition today.
Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat confirmed that Rafizi, who is Pandan MP, gave a statement to the police yesterday.
“He gave his statement at the Kajang police headquarters at around 3pm. We are investigating the case under the Penal Code for creating public disturbance,” he said.
Surendran, also the Padang Serai MP, said after having his statement recorded, that he was told to be present at the Jalan Duta court complex at 1pm to be charged.
He is already facing a sedition charge over criticisms against the judgement in the appeal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II case.