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KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin has been sentenced to one month’s jail for entering into a polygamous marriage without the consent of a Syariah Court.
Bung, on Wednesday, was also slapped with a RM1,000 fine in default one month’s jail on a second charge of abetting his second wife, actress Zizie Ezette A. Samad into entering a marriage without consent of Syariah registrar.
He was granted a stay of execution of one-month jail term pending his appeal at the Syariah High Court.
The Gombak Timur Lower Syariah Court also allowed a bail of RM1,000 with one surety.
Zizie 32 was fined RM1,000 in default one month’s jail for entering a marriage without consent of Syariah registrar.
She and five other men including her three brothers were also fined RM1,000 each in default six month’s jail for abetting Bung in polygamy without consent of court.
Zizie’s three brothers, Datuk Ahmad Shahazmi Abdul Samad (who acted as her wali), Samzy Fuzette A. Samad and actor Shaheizy Sam Abdul Samad, who were witnesses, were also fined RM1,000 fine in default one month’s jail for solemnising their sister’s marriage.
The other two men were Titing Putang and Sahari Ahmad, who acted as the groom’s witnesses during the marriage.
The sentencing was meted out by Gombak Timur Lower Syariah Court Judge Wan Mahyuddin Wan Muhammad on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old Bung pleaded guilty to entering into a polygamous marriage without the consent of court on April 20 while Zizie admitted to another main charge of entering a marriage without the consent of a marriage registrar.
Article 48 of the Federal Constitution states that an MP or state assemblyman will be disqualified if they are sentenced for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than RM2,000 and has not received a free pardon.
Earlier, members of the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) created a ruckus outside the Gombak Timur Lower Syariah Court room when they voiced dissatisfaction on how entry into the courtroom was being handled.
Members of the press were asked to sign their names on a list and provide their media cards for verification, which the group described as “a strategy by the court and the family (Zizie and Bung’s)” to not allow them in.
After arguing with the court officer and demanding to speak to the judge, the group were allowed in, taking the last bench in the court room.