ISKANDAR PUTERI: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong has defended the Attorney General's Chamber's (AGC) decision to drop charges against activist lawyer Siti Kasim (pic) for allegedly showing her middle finger at a forum in 2016.
He stressed that the decision was made in accordance with the law, saying it was an independent decision by the prosecutor made under existing laws.
Liew also denied that the AGC was being selective, following claims among some parties that there was a friendly relationship between Attorney General Tommy Thomas and Siti.
He added that the decision was made in a professional manner from a legal standpoint.
On the negative public perception relating to the decision on Siti on Feb 10, Liew said the public was free to have an opinion.
During a forum in Shah Alam in 2016 on PAS' plan to introduce heavier penalties for Muslim offenders, Siti was reportedly heckled by participants.
In response, she allegedly showed them the middle finger.
A police report was then lodged against her.
According to Siti, a police inspector called her about instructions to charge her pertaining to a gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person. She claimed the officer in charge of criminal investigations in Selangor had been trying to put her behind bars.
She had also, prior to this, questioned the move to charge her under Section 509 of the Penal Code, when others had been let off for similar offences.
The Selangor police reportedly said the decision to drop the charge against Siti was made by the AGC after it received the investigation paper on the incident on Sunday (Feb 10).