Taxi firm founder claims trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Big Blue Taxi founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here over an alleged offensive entry he posted on his Facebook account.

The 54-year-old was charged with making the post, “Utusan Khas Buat PM8”, with intent to offend others at about 8.54pm on April 20.

The post was viewed by the cyber and multimedia crime investigation unit of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department at Bukit Aman at 11pm on the same day.

The offence under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a maximum RM50,000 fine or imprisonment up to one year or both, and can be fined RM1,000 each day the offence continues after conviction.

Shamsubahrin also faces a second charge of making the offensive statement on his Facebook with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public at Jalan Ampang at 8.54pm on the same day.

The offence under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code carries a maximum two years in jail or fine or both, upon conviction.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Deputy public prosecutor Syamimi Farhana Muhammad A. Aziz offered bail at RM20,000 for the first charge and another RM6,000 for the second charge.

“Both the charges are serious as it involves public fear,” she said here yesterday.

Lawyer Mohd Haijan Omar, who represented the accused, said his client has five children and a wife.

“He is the sole breadwinner in his family. My client is also an activist for the e-hailing industry and B40 community.

“He suffers from stage four cancer and is still undergoing chemotherapy,” Haijan said.

Sessions Court judge Mahyon Talib fixed bail at RM8,000 in one surety and RM6,000 in one surety for the first and second charges respectively.

She ordered for the accused not to make any statements on the case.

The case is fixed for mention on June 10.

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