The 1st of the 6 CPF protest protesters, who are being charged by the government for their roles in a Hong Lim Park protest rally on 27 Sep last year, pleaded guilty on Monday.
43 year-old Chua Siew Leng (second from right) was fined $300 by District Judge John Ng, on account of her “very early” guilty plea, minor role in the protest and because she has no prior criminal record. She could have been fined up to $1,000.
The other 5 protesters, including co-organizers Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, 33 years-old, and Han Hui Hui, 23 years-old, will stand in a joint trial on 4th and 5th June.
In her mitigation plea, Chua’s lawyer, Eugene Thuraisingam said she has “distanced herself from attending such events in the future.”
Chua is one of the 6 protesters who face charges from the government for supposedly disrupting the YMCA Proms @ The Park charity event for special needs children, which was held at Hong Lim Park at the same time as the Return Our CPF rally.
The protesters are accused of marching 3 times around the YMCA event while shouting slogans, waving placards, blowing whistles and beating drums.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers rejected last month an appeal to withdraw the public nuisance charge against Chua, Janet Low Wai Choo, 55, Goh Aik Huat, 42, and Ivan Koh Yew Beng, 59.
The 6 who were charged were previously represented by M Ravi, but following his suspension by the Law Society, the case was taken up by Eugene Thuraisingam. He is currently only handling Chua’s case. Han Low, Goh and Koh’s cases are now handled by Ms Violet Netto, while Ngerng represented by Mr George Hwang.
In addition to the public nuisance charge levied against all of them, Ngerng and Han face an additional charge of organizing a demonstration without approval, which carries a max fine of $5000.