KUANTAN: Bentong MP Wong Tack and 14 others have withdrawn their appeals against the convictions for their involvement in an anti-Lynas protest in 2014.
Lawyer Hon Kai Ping told High Court judge Justice Zainal Azman Ab. Aziz that his clients had agreed to withdraw their appeals with the understanding that the respondent would do the same.
Speaking outside the court later, Hon said his clients felt they had partially achieved their goal with the change of government in the last general election.
"The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry has decided to impose two additional pre-conditions on Lynas after that.
"My clients feel they have gotten the publicity they wanted and now they would like to move on," he said.
In July last year, Wong Tack and nine others were found guilty of failing to obey police orders to disperse during the protest held at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng here.
The nine others were Chong Kong Yuen, Raymond Ng Abdullah, Hew Kuan Yau, Thomas Wong, Ta Weng Seng, Rafar Ahmad, Lee Kai Ming, Tan Chee Hooi and Zamri Zainal.
They were fined RM1,500 each.
Five other protesters – Phua Kia Yaw, Ho Kam Huat, Foong Poh Choo, Wong Chee Wai and Wong Chee Wen – were convicted for using force to breach a police barricade.
They were fined RM1,600 each.
Ho was also found guilty for using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty.
He was fined an additional RM1,000 in default 20 days' jail.
Wong's status as an MP was not affected as the fine was below RM2,000.