KK Mart Group founder, wife charged over ‘Allah’ socks fiasco

KK Mart Group founder, wife charged over ‘Allah’ socks fiasco

PETALING JAYA: KK Mart Group founder and executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Chai Kee Kan has pleaded not guilty at the Shah Alam Sessions Court, today, to the charge of intentionally wounding the religious feelings of others following the sales of the socks bearing the word “Allah” at its retail chain.

According to the New Straits Times, the 57-year-old said he understood when the charge was read out to him by the interpreter before Sessions judge Muhamad Anas Mahadzir.

Chai’s counsel Datul Rajpal Singh pleaded that the charge under Section 298 of the Penal Code was a bailable offence and proposed a RM5,000 bail, saying that quantum was sufficient to ensure the accused’s attendance in court.

“My client is the main person in the company and he has 5,000 staff with 810 outlets nationwide, as well as in Nepal, India and Brunei.

“He is active with non-governmental organisations and a philanthropist.

“I believe there is no reason for him to abscond,“ he was quoted as saying by the English daily during the court proceedings.

In addition to Rajpal, Chai was also represented by counsels Datuk David Gurupatham, Datuk R.S Sodhi, Datuk Theng Book and James Ee.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud prosecuted.

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