KOTA SAMARAHAN: A former member of parliament was among 25 men who were fined RM500 in default one week in prison, Monday, for animal cruelty.
Datuk Sing Chee Hua, 70, and 24 others pleaded guilty when they were produced before magistrate Marutin Pagan. Sing was represented by counsel Arthur Lee.
The former Julau MP-turned businessman and the rest of the accused, aged between 20 and 63, pleaded guilty to engaging in illegal gambling involving cockfighting, at Taman Berlian, Kota Samarahan on Feb 5.
They were among 320 people arrested during a police raid on a cockfighting gambling pit in Sarawak recently.
They were charged under Section (3)(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance 1973, which provides for three months imprisonment or a RM500 fine on conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azhari Yusof represented the prosecution. The other 24 accused were unrepresented.