Elections that do not reflect people’s choice may cause people to suffer problems that arise from the unrepresentative legislature. So an anti-illegal logging case, which is an outcome of the ruling party’s pro-logging policy, will continue to bother all those involved for some time yet. But that does not means that the electoral solution is finished. The general elections may be another occasion for the Sarawakians to speak out.
Numpang to know outcome of prosecution’s appeal on May 24
Posted on May 11, 2011, Wednesday
KUCHING: The High Court here yesterday fixed May 24 to decide whether to dismiss the prosecutor’s appeal against the discharge and acquittal of a self-declared Native Customary Rights (NCR) land defender Numpang Suntai from the charge of intimidation.
Yesterday Numpang appeared before High Court Registrar Zubaidah Zharkawi who adjourned the case after receiving submission of replies from Numpang.
He was represented by Counsel See Chee How.
After the court proceeding, See related that they had not received the hardcopy of the notice of appeal from the prosecution side.
Instead they were told by the police through the telephone, he added.
“Numpang was only told to attend the court for mention of his case through the phone. Initially, we did not even know what they were appealing for,” See said.
Numpang allegedly intimidated timber camp workers at Sebangan Sebuyau area at 2.45pm on Oct 18 last year.
Then in March, Simunjan Magistrate Court discharged and acquitted him because the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
Criminal intimidation comes under Section 506 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum seven years’ imprisonment or with fine, or both, upon conviction.
Numpang was also among seven others who were arrested early last year when they were said to have set up a blockade at the area to
stop the logging company workers to extract logs from their land.
However, the rest were freed and he was the only person charged.
Apart from See, who is Batu Lintang assemblyman, Teja (West Malaysia) assemblyman Chan Lih Kang who is also Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) supreme council member was also present at the courthouse.