Factory worker jailed four months over obscene cartoon of PM


PETALING JAYA: A factory worker was jailed four months for posting a cartoon deemed insulting to the Prime Minister.

Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim ordered the sentence on Mohamad Hamizan Ghazali, 24, to run from the date of his arrest on Nov 12.

Mohamad Hamizan pleaded guilty to uploading to his Facebook account the comic which had an obscene caption at a house in Taman Paya Rumput Perdana, Melaka Tengah, Melaka, between Oct 20 and Oct 22.

He was charged in Petaling Jaya where a police report was made.

The charge under Section 233(3) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a maximum one year jail, a RM50,000 fine, or both.

Mohamad Hamizan, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency as he had been held in remand for five days since last Sunday.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Abu Arsalnaa Zainal Abidin urged the court to hand down an exemplary sentence so that the accused would not repeat his mistake.