Bilqis appeal: There are real crimes for govt to go after, say activists

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A human rights NGO has questioned the government’s decision to appeal the acquittal of a woman who dropped balloons at an event attended by the prime minister and his wife in 2015.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen also questioned the need to secure a conviction for a minor incident, adding that it was a “waste of resources”.

“Surely there are real crimes for the public prosecutor to go after?

“He must not forget that he acts as a guardian for public interest. What public interest is being served by continuously appealing such a petty matter?”

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Prosecution appeals again against ‘balloon girl’s’ acquittal

Source: Malay Mail Online

Photo of Bilqis

Bilqis (right) was previously acquitted on July 1, 2017 by the Magistrates’ Court without her defence being called. — Picture by Miera Zulyana via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — The prosecution has again appealed against the acquittal of dance producer Bilqis Hijjas of a charge of “insulting behaviour” for dropping yellow balloons at a 2015 event graced by the prime minister.

Latheefa Koya, a lawyer for Bilqis, today said: “Our client just informed that she has been served the notice of appeal.”

When contacted, Bilqis — also popularly known as the “balloon girl” — confirmed that she had received the notice of appeal.

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‘Balloon girl’ freed of insulting behaviour

Source: Malay Mail Online

Bilqis Hijjas is seen with her lawyer, Latheefa Koya, after today’s decision at the Magistrates' Court in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

Bilqis Hijjas is seen with her lawyer, Latheefa Koya, after today’s decision at the Magistrates’ Court in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2017. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Dance producer Bilqis Hijjas walked out beaming today after the Magistrates’ Court acquitted her of “insulting behaviour” for dropping yellow balloons at a 2015 event attended by the prime minister and his wife.

“I am very pleased. It has taken two years to get here. Thankful to my lawyers to fight this long fight.

“The point has been made, symbolic resistance is possible. I hope people will take heart from this,” the ecstatic 38-year-old told reporters outside the courtroom at the Kuala Lumpur court complex here.

In his ruling earlier, magistrate Mohd Faizal Ismail said the prosecution had failed to prove that Bilqis had hurt anyone by her actions, adding that her testimony made previously has been consistent. Read more

Man arrested for posting picture insulting PM in WhatsApp group

Source: The Star Online

WhatsApp - EPA file pic

WhatsApp – EPA file pic

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested a man for sharing a crude photo insulting the Prime Minister in a WhatsApp group.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that the man was arrested in Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya at around 12.15pm on Saturday.

He said the suspect, who goes by the name Pa Ya, had uploaded the photo into a WhatsApp group called “Bicara Politik Melayu”.

“The photo has insulted and hurt the feelings of Malaysians,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

The suspect’s Samsung G5 mobile phone was seized as well, he said.

A police report was lodged at 3.35pm on Friday following the posting of the photo.

Comm Wan Ahmad said that the suspect would be remanded at the Johor Baru court on Sunday for investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or up to a year’s jail, or both upon conviction. Read more

Dancer walks free after court rules yellow balloons at PM event ‘not insulting’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Dancer Bilqis Hijjas speaks to reporters outside the KL Magistrate Court, July 1, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Dancer Bilqis Hijjas speaks to reporters outside the KL Magistrate Court, July 1, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 ― Dancer Bilqis Hijjas was today acquitted of insulting behaviour by dropping yellow balloons during an official event attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife in a mall last August.

Magistrate Mohd Faizal Ismail said the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against Bilqis, ruling that it had not shown that her action with the balloons amounted to “insulting behaviour”.

He pointed out that the definition in the dictionary by the country’s leading Malay-language authority Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka requires an alleged “insult” to be aimed or felt by a person, but pointed out that no one had been insulted by Bilqis’s actions. Read more

Trial starts for Bersih ‘balloon girl’ Bilqis Hijjas [Updated]

Bilqis was charged with 'insulting behaviour' against the prime minister and his wife by dropping seven balloons printed with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice” from the top floor of a popular mall in the capital city last August. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Bilqis Hijjas. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Dancer Bilqis Hijjas, charged with ‘insulting behaviour’ against the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor by dropping on them seven yellow balloons from the top floor of a popular mall in the capital city in August 2015, must stand trial at the Magistrates Court.

This follows the public prosecutor’s rejection of her application to drop the charge on 28 January 2016.

Her defence team received verbal confirmation of the rejection to drop the charge under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 from the Attorney-General’s Chambers from deputy public prosecutor Joy Jothi Nadrasan.

The said yellow balloons were printed with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”.

 

Related Articles

[1] ‘Balloon girl’ probed for handing out Bersih balloons [31 Aug 2015]
[2] Bersih ‘balloon girl’ to be charged tomorrow [22 Sep 2015]
[3] Consider dropping charge against Bersih ‘balloon girl’, Malaysian Bar urges AG [23 Sep 2015]
[4] Bersih 4 balloon girl pleads not guilty to ‘insulting behaviour’ (VIDEO) [23 Sep 2015]
[5] ‘Seolah-olah kuasa boleh diancam dengan belon’ – Bilqis Hijjas [23 Sep 2015]
[6] Trial starts for Bersih ‘balloon girl’ after prosecutor refuses to drop charge [28 Jan 2016]

Updates

[7] Although harmless, yellow balloons still disturbed PM gig, witness tells court [26 Apr 2016]
[8] In balloon girl trial, witness says had orders to avoid Bersih commotion [26 Apr 2016]
[9] ‘Something could go wrong’, mall security says after witnessing yellow balloons at PM gig [27 Apr 2016]
[10] Pavilion security: PM’s event ran smoothly because we acted fast on yellow balloons [5 May 2016]
[11] Organiser ‘angry’ at yellow balloons’ hijack of art fest graced by PM [13 May 2016]
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12] Outcome of trial: Dancer walks free after court rules yellow balloons at PM event ‘not insulting’ [1 Jul 2016]

 

Consultant claims trial to insulting PM

Source: The Star Online

Facing the law: Syarul Ema Rena leaving the Sepang Sessions Court. Pic taken from The Star Online

Facing the law: Syarul Ema Rena leaving the Sepang Sessions Court. Pic taken from The Star Online

SEPANG: A construction consultant has claimed trial to insulting the Prime Minister in a foul-mouthed Facebook rant over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agree­ment.

Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, 35, was accused of posting the insulting comment on a Facebook profile, Ratu Naga, on Oct 6 last year.

The comment mentioned Najib Tun Razak and the members of parliament for signing the agreement, saying it amounted to selling out the country.

The post, reproduced in the charge sheet, featured a slew of slurs, even quoting Langkawi ­legend Mahsuri, “kami rakyat Malaysia sumpah 7 keturunan tau!”.

According to the charge sheet, the comment which had the intent to insult another was picked up by Malaysian Communi­cations and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC) monitors on Jan 28.

MCMC deputy public prosecutor Faizah Mohd Salleh confirmed that the complainant in the case was an MCMC officer. Read more