Man in Ipoh Pleads Not Guilty To Unlawful Possession Of Offensive Weapons And Communist Literature

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Source: Farhan Najib

Leong Yew Chen, aged 35 years old, was charged for possession of imitation firearms, offensive weapons, police items and prohibited publications containing elements of Communist ideology.

Leong has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In the Sessions Court, before judge Norashima Khalid, Leong pleaded not guilty to two charges, one for unlawful possession of two rounds of live ammunition, an offence under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.

The second charge he pleaded not guilty to was under Section 7(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958 for possession of two knuckle dusters.

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Meanwhile in the other court before Magistrate Noor Azreen Liana Mohd Darus, Leong was charged under Section 36 of the Arms Act 1960 with possession of eight imitation rifles and four imitation pistols. He had unlawfully owned a pair of handcuffs and three pieces of bulletproof vests which are items only to be supplied to police officers.

Leong was also caught possessing 14 banned printed materials as they contained elements of communist ideology.

For all these offences, he risks facing a total of 25 years and 6 months in prison with whipping.

Leong was not allowed bail. The courts have set to mention Leong’s pending psychiatric report on January 21st 2022 as he has a history of mental illness.