Hawker pleads guilty to insulting Prophet Muhammad

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A hawker who initially claimed trial to eight counts of insulting Prophet Muhammad and Islam on social media, changed his plea in the Sessions Court here.

Chow Mun Fai, 43, entered his guilty plea after the charges against him were read out before Judge M.M. Edwin Paramjothy during mention of the case Tuesday (June 18).

The court fixed July 3 for sentencing.

On the first count, Chow was charged with using the Twitter handle @Alvin15358333 to post a tweet with intent to incite or likely to incite the Malays to commit any offence against the non-Malays under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code, which provides a maximum jail term of two years or a fine or both upon conviction.

Chow was also charged with seven other counts of posting similar tweets between 2.29pm and 7.06pm on March 2, 2019, which could threaten unity and harmony among Muslims and non-Muslims. 

The charges were framed under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code and Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

All the tweets were read at the Cyber Crime and Multimedia Crime Investigation Department, Commercial Crime Investigation Department and the Bukit Aman police headquarters, Menara KPJ here at 8.30pm on March 3. - Bernama


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