Review decision to drop sedition charges against Ali Tinju, A-G urged

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  • Saturday, 19 Sep 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General should review a decision to drop sedition charges against Mohd Ali Baharom over an allegedly inflammatory speech made outside Low Yat Plaza two months ago, said MCA Young Professionals Bureau chairman Choo Wei Sern (pic).

He expressed surprise that Mohd Ali, popularly known as Ali Tinju, was let off the hook on grounds of lack of evidence.

“It is a surprising decision given that videos of the same speech are widely available on social media.

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

The prosecution had on Thursday withdrawn a sedition charge against Ali Tinju for allegedly making inflammatory remarks outside Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur.

Deputy public prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim informed Sessions Court judge Azman Mustapha that he had obtained instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to drop the charge due to insufficient evidence.

Ali Tinju, also the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association president, was charged under the Sedition Act on July 16.

Acknowledging that the decision to drop the charges was the A-G’s prerogative, Choo said there should be an appropriate closure for the issue that had garnered intense public interest.

“We are of the view that the most effective manner of closure is to seek the decision of the courts concerning the innocence or guilt of Ali Tinju.

“We urge the A-G to review his decision, if not provide a proper, clearer explanation on his decision as to why charges were not brought in this matter,” Choo said.

In an immediate response, Ali Tinju said all parties should respect the court’s decision.

“I did not make any racist statement. We have to stand up for the rights of consumers who are often cheated with fake goods. Malaysians should boycott traders who cheat them with fake goods,” he said.

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