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LoyarBurok 1 – 0 Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia

Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon, a founding member of Loyarburok, was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol on 3 April 2005 at approximately at 2:15 a.m. on Jalan Ampang from Jalan Sultan Ismail heading towards Leboh Ampang vide Kuala Lumpur Criminal Magistrate Court Charge No. T1 – P83 – 357 – 2005 pursuant to section 45A(1) the Road Transport Act 1987 (RTA87). Fellow founding member of Loyarburok, Encik Amer Hamzah in his customary manner defended him and successfully persuaded the Magistrate, Tuan Syed Adam AlHabshi. Encik Fahri Azzat discusses the Magistrates decision and explains how close the Attorney General Chambers’ came to proving a prima facie case against Mr. Edmund Bon and having his defence called, and how they eventually lost it. Though this is merely a Magistrate decision, it is the first case in Malaysia in which sections 45A, 45B and 45C RTA87 is considered at length.