SHAH ALAM: Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik (pic) has been fined RM1,900 in default three months’ jail by the Sessions Court for making an offensive comment about the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah.
The former Malacca chief minister pleaded guilty before judge Slamat Yahya yesterday to committing the offence via his Facebook account at Istana Mestika, Jalan Permata 7/1 here at about 8am on Sept 25 last year.
Abdul Rahim, 65, who paid the fine, tendered a public apology to Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Amir, and also expressed remorse for his action.
Before meting out the sentence, the judge chided Abdul Rahim for not respecting and upholding the constitutional monarchy established under the Federal Constitution.
Abdul Rahim had earlier claimed trial to an original charge of posting a seditious claim that Tengku Amir was an apostate.
But deputy public prosecutor Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman, who led the prosecution, withdrew the charge after Abdul Rahim pleaded guilty to the alternative charge.
DPP Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar and DPP Afzainizam Abdul Aziz were also on the prosecution team, while counsel Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin represented Abdul Rahim.
Lawyer Datuk Salehuddin Saidin held a watching brief for the Selangor Palace. — Bernama