Umany ex-president who filmed police raid claims trial to disobeying order

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) former president Wong Yan Ke has claimed trial at a Magistrate’s Court here on Friday (Nov 13) to the charge of disobeying an order by a policeman during a raid.

Wong Yan Ke, 24, was accused of disobeying an order by a civil servant, ASP Lee Robert, to stop recording a Facebook video when the police raided the premises.

The offence is said to have been committed at a house on Jalan 17/48 here at 3.30pm on Nov 7.

The charge was framed under Section 188 of the Penal Code, and Wong faces imprisonment up to a month or a fine up to RM400 or both, if convicted.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Anifah Hazimah Wahab offered a RM7,000 bail.

“This case involves public interest, ” she said.

Lawyer Rajsurian Pillai, who represented the accused, asked for a minimum bail amount on grounds that his client had given full cooperation during the investigation.

He said Wong worked for a local non-governmental organisation and Klang MP Charles Santiago’s office.

Magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim fixed bail at RM1,000 in one surety.

The case is fixed for mention on Feb 4.

Lawyer Cyrus Tiu held a watching brief on behalf of the Bar Council.

Wong paid the bail.

Prior to this, it was reported that a 24-year-old man was detained during a police raid conducted in connection with the sedition investigation involving Umany on Saturday (Nov 8).

On Thursday, Umany apologised to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong over a statement questioning his powers in national affairs.

It also removed its statement dated Oct 30 from its English and Chinese Facebook pages.

“We affirm our adherence to the constitutional monarchy system in Malaysia and respect the role of Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the Constitution. We would like to apologise to the King and the public for our lack of thorough understanding of the Constitution, ” Umany said in the statement.

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