KUALA LUMPUR: Three people have claimed trial in separate cases to insulting the Prime Minister.
Recruiter Nor Sabariah Abdul Kadir, 29, is accused of leaving a comment on the Otai Bersih Facebook page with the intention of insulting Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. She allegedly committed the offence at 5.11pm on Feb 1.
Ng Thai Quen, 19, a storekeeper, is charged with posting an edited image of Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on his Facebook page between 7pm on Dec 15 and 7am on Dec 16 last year.
Mazlan Yusoff, a roti canai seller, is alleged to have posted an article titled Zimbabwe Today Is M’sia Tomorrow with an edited photo of Najib and China’s former leader Mao Ze Dong.
He allegedly committed the offence using the Facebook profile of “Zain Al Aznam” at 2.53am on Nov 11 last year.
They were charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and face up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of RM50,000, or both, if convicted.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission prosecution department director Mohd Sophian Zakaria and DPP Norhani Mohamad Adzhar are prosecuting.
The prosecution asked the Sessions Court to set bail at RM5,000 for each of the accused.
Faridah Mohammad, counsel for Nor Sabariah, said her client has an aged mother and two disabled younger siblings to care for.
Ng, who was unrepresented, told the court that he only earned RM1,000 a month.
“I live with my parents. My father is here to post bail and I ask for a low bail amount,” he said.
Mazlan said he had cooperated with the authorities and hoped the court would set bail at RM1,000.
Judge Zainal L. Saleh set bail at RM3,000 in one surety for each of them. All posted bail.
The cases will come up for mention on Oct 27.