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PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2014 10:31am

PPS members, activist charged with fighting in public place

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ZALINAH NOORDIN By:
Zalinah Noordin

Ong Eu Soon (left), Lee Chan Kwong (centre) and Lee Yew Kuen being led out of the court today after they were jointly charged with committing affray in a public place. — TRP pic by Zalinah Noordin

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GEORGE TOWN, Sept 10, 2014:

Two Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) members today claimed trial to committing affray in a public place two weeks ago.

Lee Chan Kwong, 36, and Lee Yew Kuan, 66, were jointly charged together with businessman-cum-activist Ong Eu Soon.

All nodded in understanding when the charge was read out in Hokkien by the court interpreter.

According to the facts of the case, Ong Eu Eoon had on Aug 17, 2014 at 10.45pm, at a public place at the Bandar Baru Air Itam market together with Lee Yew Kuen and Lee Chan Kwong committed the offence by way of throwing punches at each other — an offence under Section 160 of the Penal Code.

If convicted all will be sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with a fine of RM200 or both.

Both Lee Chan Kwong and Lee Yew Kuen were represented by counsel RSN Rayer while Ong Eu Soon was unrepresented.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Razali Che Ani proposed a bail of RM2,500 which was objected by Rayer, saying that his clients had no permanent jobs and have families to look after.

“Bail is to ensure attendance; they should not be punished through bail even before they have been sentenced as the maximum fine is only RM200 so it doesn’t make sense to have that high amount of bail,” he said.

Magistrate L. Umma Devi fixed Oct 31 for case mention and bail was set at RM1,200 in one surety.

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