Housewife charged with insulting member of Selangor royalty


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

SHAH ALAM: A housewife has pleaded guilty to insulting a member of the Selangor Royal Family.

Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Baharudin Mat Taib said the accused, Siti Nurul Ain Mat Nayan, 32, a part-time online trader, made the plea after the charge was read out in the presence of Judge Rihaida Rafie at a Sessions Court here on Tuesday (July 21).

"According to the charge, Siti Nurul Ain allegedly used the internet application service on her mobile phone to write insulting comments about the Selangor Royal Family and posted them on her Facebook account, with the intention to annoy others.

"The link to the post was read at Istana Mestika, Section 7, here at about 10.26 am on June 26," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the woman was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and can be sentenced under Section 233(3) of the same act which provides for a fine of up to RM50,000, or one year’s jail sentence or both, and can be further fined up to RM1,000 for each day the offence is continued after conviction.

"Prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Baizura Mohd Saubian, and the accused was not represented by counsel.

"The accused pleaded guilty and Judge Rihaida set bail for the accused at RM7,000, while also setting July 24 for mentioning the facts of the case and sentencing," he said.

ACP Baharudin urged the public to be cautious in making comments on social media which could insult and touch on sensitivities of race, religion and the Royal Institution.

"Strict action will be taken by the police using all available laws to ensure peace and stability of the nation," he said.

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