Published: Tuesday August 28, 2012 MYT 2:59:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 28, 2012 MYT 3:22:52 PM
Former village head fined RM50 for verbally abusing cop
By MANJIT KAUR
KUALA KANGSAR: A former village head was fined RM50 by a magistrate's court here for allegedly using abusive language on a policeman two years ago.
Mohd Ridzuan Asit, 44, had earlier pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, but after 10 minutes changed his plea to guilty.
He was the former village head of Sungai Ati in Padang Rengas when Pakatan Rakyat was in power, and currently still holds the position as the head of all 817 villages in the state under Pakatan Rakyat despite their dismissal when Barisan Nasional took over.
Magistrate Noordura Mohamed Din fined him RM50 in default of three days jail.
According to the charge sheet Mohd Ridzuan, who operates a restaurant, used abusive words on Kpl Omar Saari on Dec 9, 2010 at about 5.30pm in front of Hari Hari supermarket at Jalan Kangsar here.
He was charged yesterday under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Regulations Act 1955, which carries a maximum sentence of RM100 fine upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman requested for the maximum fine.
Pleading for leniency, Mohd Ridzuan asked for a lower fine stating that he did not have a fixed income.
He paid the fine.
According to the brief facts of the case, Kpl Omar together with his colleagues attached to the Kuala Kangsar police station were patrolling the area in front of the supermarket when Mohd Ridzuan and another unidentified person had approached the policemen on duty, and started arguing about unfair duties carried out by them when issuing summonses.
It is believed the accused had been issued a summons a few months prior to the incident.
Kpl Omar alleged that Mohd Ridzuan said he was not satisfied as to why other vehicle owners that had committed similar traffic offences were not issued summonses when he was issued one for the same offence.
Mohd Ridzuan refused to listen to the explanation given by the policeman, and walked away to his car.
The policeman followed the accused to the car, and that is when Mohd Ridzuan uttered the abusive words.
When met outside the court Mohd Ridzuan said he was given legal advice to plead guilty, as several lawyers and he are concentrating on a suit brought against the Perak government over the dismissals of the village heads.
He said the High Court in Ipoh had dismissed their case in December 2009, and on Sept 26 the Court of Appeal was set to make a decision.
On May 26, 2009, Mohd Ridzuan had filed an application on behalf of the village heads to quash their sacking.