Jamal still division chief after RM400 fine, says lawyer

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SHAH ALAM — Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos remains an Umno division chief as the RM400 penalty he received is below the disqualification mark stipulated by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), his lawyer Datuk Imran Tamrin said.

“If we are referring to RoS, one will be disqualified from holding an office position if one is convicted for a criminal office with penalties above RM2,000,” Imran, who is also the Sungai Panjang assemblyman, told reporters outside the magistrate’s court here yesterday.

“Jamal got a RM400 fine. Although it is the maximum penalty, it is still below RM2,000 so his position is still valid by law.”

Jamal, the Sungai Besar Umno chief, earlier pleaded guilty to causing public nuisance by smashing beer bottles outside the Selangor state secretariat building in October last year.

Imran, who is also the Sungai Besar Umno legal adviser, said the decision to take any disciplinary action against Jamal would be left to the party’s top leadership, including its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi.

“It depends on Umno top leaders including Zahid, and the supreme council and disciplinary board members,” he said.

“They would have to meet and discuss if they are indeed taking any action against him.”

Jamal remains in custody at the Sungai Buloh prison after he was denied bail by the Ampang magistrate’s court on Friday.

He had claimed trial to escaping from police custody on May 25 while completing his bail for several criminal charges.

Imran said Jamal’s team of lawyers will likely request for bail during the next hearing on July 30.

During yesterday’s proceedings, Jamal told the court he understood the charge under Section 290 of the Penal Code, and said “yes” when asked if he admitted to committing the offence on Oct 5 last year.

He had claimed trial on May 25 when the charge was read to him at a hospital in Ampang, where he was seeking treatment for back pain, before the same magistrate, Raja Noor Adilla Raja Mahyaldin.

Jamal fled from police custody on the same day before his RM3,000 bail was paid.