Ng loses appeal against 2017 contempt of court conviction

Ng (front row, centre) outside the court room with his supporters and clients.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Dec 16: The Court of Appeal dismissed former Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng Kim Ho’s appeal against his 2017 contempt of court conviction, maintaining the decision of the High Court of one-day jail and fine of RM30,000.

A three-man bench made up of Justices Abdul Rahman Sebli, Kamardin Hashim, Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah unanimously dismissed Ng’s appeal application.

In 2017, Ng was found guilty of committing contempt of court for filing an affidavit in support of recusing Miri High Court trial judge Lee Heng Cheong from hearing the suit, as well as allegations and personal attacks on Lee’s character and judicial integrity in a viral video.

Ng was representing the villagers of Kampung Haji Wahid in a Native Customary Rights (NCR) land dispute case when he applied for Lee’s recusal, but the application was dismissed. In a video that later went viral, Ng, outside the Court room, made various statements to his clients ridiculing and scandalising Lee. —DayakDaily