BREACH OF PEACE : FORMER UM ENGINEERING STUDENT CLAIMS TRIAL

NOR HAYATI ENDAN

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- A former Universiti Malaya (UM) engineering student pleaded not guilty in the Magistrates’ Court here today to a charge of disturbing the peace, as a show of protest against the vice-chancellor, at the university’s 59th convocation ceremony last year . 

Wong Yan Ke, 24, entered the plea before Magistrate Fardiana Haryanti Ahmad Razali.

Wong was alleged to have deliberately humiliated and incited the anger of UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim and guests, knowing that his action would cause a breach of the peace at the Tunku Chancellor Hall here on Oct 14, 2019 at 10 am.

The charge framed under Section 504 of the Penal Code provides for a maximum jail term of two years or with a fine or both, upon conviction.

The court allowed the accused bail of RM3,000 with one surety and fixed March 26 for mention.

According to media reports, the 23-year-old graduand was seen carrying a protest placard on stage demanding the resignation of the vice chancellor after receiving his degree scroll at his graduation ceremony last year.

The incident created a stir and drew criticism from the public as the act was described as uncouth.

-- BERNAMA

 

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