Two men charged with insulting King fined

MELAKA: An elderly man faced a fine of RM8,000 for posting an offensive remark against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The sentence was meted out against Lee Chen Pin, 68, by Sessions Court judge Elesabet Paya Wan yesterday after the accused pleaded guilty.

Lee was charged with posting the offending comment using the Facebook site of “Gavin Lee” on March 1 at about 1.30am.

The offence was committed under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a one-year jail term or both upon conviction.

He paid the fine.

Lee from Kuching, Sarawak, was represented by counsel Aiman Ariff Abdul Azij.

In KUALA LUMPUR, an unemployed man was fined RM6,000, in default three months’ jail by the Sessions Court for insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong through a posting on Facebook over the recent politicalturmoil in the country.

Judge MM Edwin Paramjothy meted out the fine on Ooi Wei Siong, 38, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

He paid the fine.

In the judgement yesterday, Edwin said the court viewed seriously the offence, adding that the freedom of expression should be exercised appropriately with the use of proper language, manners and morals.

“Although our Federal Constitution provides freedom of expression to its citizens, this freedom is not absolute.

“The freedom of expression contained in the Federal Constitution does not include the freedom to humiliate and insult someone.

“In this case, the person insulted is our country’s ruler.

“It is clear that the language used in the posting (by Ooi) is rude, harsh and offensive with the intention to bring down the dignity and an insult to our ruler, ” he added.

In mitigation, Ooi, represented by lawyer Ahmad Ridza Mohd Noh, said it was his first offence and that he regretted his action and apologised for his mistake.

He was charged with improper use of network facilities to knowingly initiate the transmission of offensive communications through Facebook using the profile name “SAM OOI”, with intent to annoy another person at 7.39 am last March 1.

The charge, under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, provides a maximum fine of RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Annur Atiqah Abd Hadi prosecuted.

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