Ex-Umany president charged with disobeying police order to stop live video

(FMT) – Former Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) president Wong Yan Ke pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to a charge of disobeying a police order to stop broadcasting a Facebook live video over a raid.

Wong was accused of disobeying the order issued by officer Lee Robert at a house on Jalan 17/48 here on Saturday.

If convicted under Section 188 of the Penal Code, he faces face a maximum one-month jail sentence or a fine of up to RM400, or both.

Magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim allowed Wong bail of RM1,000 in one surety and set Feb 4, 2021, as the next mention date.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Atifah Hazimah Wahab asked the court to impose a heavier RM7,000 bail on Wong.

However, Wong’s lawyer, Rajsurian Pillai, urged the court to impose a bond without security instead, as he said penalties under Section 188 were considerably low.

“He gave his full cooperation to police and he came to court. He is also a fresh graduate and is currently working for the Klang MP (Charles Santiago),” he said, adding that Wong’s monthly income is RM2,600.

Rajsurian said there was no flight risk on Wong’s part and he would not disturb potential witnesses.

It was reported that Wong was arrested by Kajang police while filming and broadcasting a raid on current Umany president Robin Yap Wen Qing’s house.

Police investigated Yap and several Umany leaders for alleged sedition and misuse of network facilities after the association posted a controversial statement on its Facebook page on the role of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Yesterday, Umany apologised and withdrew the statement, saying it had consulted several constitutional experts.