KUALA LUMPUR: Two individuals have been charged separately at the Sessions Court here with insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Facebook.
T. R. Thurkai Devi, 32, and Sharil Mohd Sarif, 36, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to them before judge Shamsudin Abdullah.
According to the charge sheet, Thurkai Devi allegedly uploaded an offensive posting using Facebook profile "Thurkai Devi Tangga Raja" between 5.57am on June 3, 2018 and 3.54am on June 4, 2018, which was read on a Facebook page "Belenggu Fatamorgana" at the office of legal division (D5), Investigation Department, level 14, Bukit Aman police headquarters at 11.47am on June 4, 2018.
Meanwhile Sharil allegedly used a Facebook profile "Sharil Chain" and uploaded an offensive posting together with a photo of a list of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong with intention to annoy others at 1pm on March 12, which was read at the cyber and multimedia investigation division office, Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Bukit Aman police headquarters at 11.30am on March 13.
Both were charged under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a fine up to RM50,000 or jail time up to a year or both and can be fined RM1,000 for each day that the offence is continued after conviction.
DPPs Mohd Sophian Zakaria and Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal did not offer bail in each cases on grounds that they have committed a serious offence by insulting the nation's highest leader.
"Sharil's action could cause disharmony in society. Each day, there are insults made against the royal institution, the Prophet and religion on social media.
"A low bail would send the message that making an insult is not a serious offence," Muhammad Asyraf said.
Mohd Sophian said Thurkai Devi's action was serious as she had insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by placing him as an individual of no position in the country through her insult.
Lawyer M. Dinesh, who represented both the accused, asked the court to grant bail on grounds that they have not been found guilty and had given cooperation during investigation.
The court then fixed bail at RM5,000 in one surety each and the case is fixed for mention on April 8.