Political Cartoonist & Former MP Finally Free From Sedition Charges After AG Withdraws Cases
Great news, folks!
Zulkiflee Anwar Haque (aka Zunar) and Surendran (former Padang Serai MP) have been acquitted from their sedition charges. FREEDOM!
After Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas approved a representation letter to drop all nine charges against Zunar, Surendran asked for his client to be discharged following the retraction of all charges against him, reported FMT.
Fun fact: Surendran is also Zunar’s lawyer!
Agreeing to Surendran’s request, the session judge Zamri Bakar accepted and acquitted Zunar. Before this, deputy public prosecutor Noor Jazilah Mohd Yushaa also confirmed that AG Tommy Thomas has decided to withdraw the case against the cartoonist.
Ecstatic by his freedom from the lawsuits, Zunar hopes that the government (Pakatan Harapan, PH) will remove the Sedition Act from the statute book.
“Unfortunately, I have not heard of a clear commitment from the present leadership,” he said.
If you didn’t know, Zunar had pleaded not guilty to nine sedition charges that were set against him for series of tweets that allegedly insulted the judiciary following Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction in his Sodomy 2 case.
On the other hand, former MP and lawyer, Surendran has also been acquitted of his sedition charge after Zunar’s charges were dropped. Twice the treat!
On 19 August 2015, Surendran was charged with sedition for allegedly releasing a press statement entitled “Court of Appeal’s Fitnah 2 written judgement is flawed, defensive and insupportable”. Thankfully, his lawyer Latheefa Koya shared that the AG also withdrew his sedition charge against Surendran. The AG’s withdrawal of the case was further confirmed by deputy prosecutor Norinna Bahadun.
Similar to Zunar, Latheefa also requested for the court to discharge her client after the withdrawal of his case; her request was fortunately granted by the court.
Following his freedom, Surendran also thinks that the Sedition Act should be abolished because any government could use the act to end a disagreement.
He was quoted as saying,
“We must never allow PH or Barisan Nasional to tamper with our right to freedom of speech.”
He’s not wrong, you know!
On a side note, sedition cases involving Arulchelvan, Eric Paulsen, Lawrence Jeyaraj and Tamrin Ghafar will be discussed on another day.
Well, we extend our congratulations to Surendran and Zunar for their freedom, and we wish both men the best of luck in their future endeavours.
Do you think the Sedition Act should be abolished? Let us know in the comments below!
Also read: Cartoonist Zunar Misses Drawing Rosmah as She’s More Dominant & Interesting Than Najib
Foreigners Get Arrested For Working in a Syndicate & Collecting RM500 in Donations at a Ramadan Bazaar
It appears that there are syndicates who target the generosity of the public at Ramadan bazaars. In a recent report,...
Miri Mayor Tells Local & Foreign Artists to Have Concerts in Sarawak if Cannot Hold in Peninsular M’sia
There have recently been a number of issues when it comes to the holding of concerts by foreign artistes. There...
These 6 LRT Stations Will Be Closed Starting April 2, Here Are Your Alternative Travel Options!
To everyone using the Ampang/Sri Petaling LRT line to get to and from work, this is important for you. 6...
“He was the author of his own misfortune” – Najib to Stay Behind Bars After Court Dismisses Review
The Federal Court has just dismissed former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s application for leave to review his SRC...
Elderly Man Who Was Allegedly Assaulted By MBPJ Officer To Face Obstruction Charge Tomorrow
Late last week, Malaysians were outraged as an elderly man was apparently assaulted by a Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)...
PDRM Will Fine Gatita Yan’s BF, But Can You Actually Set Your Car to Autopilot? Here’s What PDRM Says
Gatita Yan and her boyfriend got into trouble recently as the police are looking for them after a couple of...
M’sian Man Gets Arrested For Going Down to LRT Track to Retrieve Earphones & Delaying Train
One of the worst things to come across on your daily commutes is a delay to the public transport system,...
Kelantan Woman Hides Packed Meals in Her Toilet & Washing Machine to Sell to Non-Fasters
A businesswoman was caught hiding packed rice and dishes in the bathroom and washing machine of her house in Bachok,...
Social Stories13 hours ago
“House remains empty tonight”, Yana Najib Says Father Was Thinking about Having Dinner Together
Social Stories11 hours ago
WATCH: Singing Performance During Iftar Ceremony For Religious School Kids Leaves Netizens Unimpressed
Social Stories11 hours ago
7yo Girl in China Throws a Younger Boy into the Well, Says She Copied the Act from a TV Show
Social Stories6 hours ago
“Brainless”, Local Actor Slams People Who Wear Tight Baju Melayu, Reminds Others to Respect the Attire