Bung Moktar, who is MP for Kinabatangan in Sabah, ran into a protest mounted outside the Lower Syariah Court in Gombak Timur this morning.
Bung Moktar, 51, had pleaded guilty on April 20 to marrying actress Zizie Ezette Abdul Samad, 31, last December without the court's authorisation.
The Islamic Family Law (Selangor) Enactment 2003 requires that a man who is entering into a polygamous marriage be granted permission by the court and the first wife.
Syarie judge Wan Mahyuddin Wan Muhammad had released the couple on oral bail of RM500 each with one guarantor each, and fixed today for their lawyer Amli Embong to submit mitigation in writing.
They are liable to fined up to RM1,000 or jailed for not more than six months.
Empower executive director Maria Chin Abdullah (right) said Bung Moktar's action sends out the wrong message to society.
"He is a lawmaker and he is breaking the law, but the way the issue is highlighted makes it seem like there's nothing wrong," she told journalists outside the court this morning.
"(He) should step down and should not represent Malaysians (in Parliament) any more. That would be the right thing to do.”
She added that Bung Moktar, who is also BN Backbenchers Club deputy chairperson, also has a "track record of making sexist remarks in the Dewan Rakyat (thus) making mockery of Parliament".
"If he does not resign now, he should at least not be fielded as a candidate for the next election.
"He is a leader and should behave in a respectable and respectful manner," she said, adding that this is not a grudge which the women's groups hold against the MP.
Empower is one of four groups in the Joint Action Group which organised the protest. The other groups are the Women's Aid Organisation (WAO), All Women's Action Society and Sisters in Islam.
WAO executive director Ivy Josiah said there are reasons for the Syariah requirements and that Bung Moktar should lead by example.
"When political leaders (disregard the requirements of the law), what message are they sending?" she asked.
'Not a lawbreaker'
The protest did not appear to faze a clearly ebullient Zizie, dressed in a bejewelled black baju kurung and scarf, and wearing dark glasses.
"I'm always happy. I'm a happy-go-lucky person," she said.
As the cameras turned on them, she told Bung Moktar: "Sayang, you can pandai pose. Depan I bukan main lagi, sini nak malu-malu.” (Rough translation: Sweetheart, you are good at posing. In front of me you show off, here you look coy.”
Asked about his first wife, Bung Moktar said "She's fine", while Zizie giggled incessantly.
Approached by Malaysiakini, Bung Moktar - who wore a silver suit and purple shirt - said he did not break the law.
"I am always a lawmaker, not a lawbreaker," he said curtly.
He added that he would not respond to the JAG's comments as "the questions are silly".
"If they want an answer they should ask in Dewan Rakyat, I don't have to answer them here," he spat.
seals: LOL .... they may reduce the fine to avoid another BUY-ELECTIONS!!!