Former Batu Berendam MP charged with making seditious remarks against Johor royal family


JOHOR BARU: Former Batu Berendam MP Datuk Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar has been charged at the Sessions court here for allegedly making seditious remarks against the Johor royal family through his blog last year.

Tamrin, who is the son of former deputy prime minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob here on Wednesday (March 10).

Former Batu Berendam MP Datuk Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar (left) arriving at the Johor Baru court complex with his lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali to be charged for making seditious remark against the Johor royal family on March 10.Former Batu Berendam MP Datuk Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar (left) arriving at the Johor Baru court complex with his lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali to be charged for making seditious remark against the Johor royal family on March 10.

According to the charge sheet, the 71-year-old, who is currently unemployed, was accused to have consciously making seditious remarks to hurt the feeling of others through his blog “tamrintunghafar”, which is linked at his Facebook page, Dato Tamrin Tun Abdul Ghafar, at around 7pm on Feb 2,2020.

He was critical of Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim for taking a position against then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Tamrin had allegedly committed an offence under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) and can be sentenced under Section 233(3) of the same Act.

The offence carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment, or both upon conviction and can be fined RM1,000 per day after conviction.

Wan Mohd Norhisham then set bail at RM8,000 with one surety and also set the next mention on May 23 for case management.

Attorney General’s Chambers Malaysia general crimes and public order unit head Datuk Yusaini Amer Abdul Karim and Johor prosecution director Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abd Rahman prosecuted the case, while lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali represented the accused.

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