Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) president Peter Anthony says he will leave it to the rakyat to judge his conviction by the sessions court in Kuala Lumpur on May 26.
Peter was charged in his capacity as managing director of Syarikat Asli Jati Sdn Bhd with forging a letter from the office of the deputy vice-chancellor of UMS, dated June 9, 2014, by inserting a false statement.
The offence was committed at the office of the prime minister’s principal private secretary at the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya between June 13 and August 21, 2014.
The charge was framed under section 468 of the penal code.
The former Sabah infrastructure development minister returned to Kota Kinabalu on May 27 and said the decision had not weakened his resolve to continue fighting for Sabahans through the newly-formed KDM.
“Let the people judge for themselves what happened. Is this a case of robbery, is it a case of theft, or is it a case of bribery?
“Did this case result in the government losing money or did Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lose even one sen? No,” he told supporters at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport shortly after his arrival.
Peter was sentenced to three years in prison and fined RM50,000 after he was found guilty of forging a letter for a system maintenance contract work.
Judge Azura Alwi also ordered Peter to serve a 15-month prison sentence if he failed to pay the fine.
She ordered Peter to pay the RM50,000 fine before allowing a stay of execution of the jail sentence pending an appeal.
Peter, who is the Melalap assemblyman, also maintained that his position as the people’s representative will not be affected by the conviction.
“As long as I still have two more opportunities to appeal my case, and so long as I am the KDM president, I’m still a legitimately elected representative.
“This (conviction) will not silence me nor will it stop me from meeting my supporters, the people of Sabah.
“There is nothing to fear. We will continue to fight to strengthen Sabah’s position,” he said.