E-hailing driver fined RM7,000 for insulting King online

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): An e-hailing driver was fined RM7,000, in default six months' jail, by the Sessions Court here Wednesday (April 7) for improper use of network facilities by transmitting offensive communications against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Twitter last year.

Judge M. M. Edwin Paramjothy meted out the fine on Sufazrin Amin Ismail, 27, after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was charged with knowingly making and initiating the transmission of offensive communications against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong with intent to annoy others through a Twitter application under the profile name "Fazr_Ismail” at 1.55pm on Jan 6,2020.

The link was read at the Cyber ​​and Multimedia Crime Investigation Division Office, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Bukit Aman Police Headquarters here at 4.30pm on Jan 8 the same year.

The charge was made under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both and a further fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence is continued after conviction.

In mitigation, Sufazrin, who was unrepresented, said he was remorseful and apologised to all Malaysians for his actions.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Noor Dayana Mohamad prosecuted, while Sufazrin was unrepresented.

On Aug 27 last year, Sufazrin was fined RM16,000 by the Sessions Court for committing four counts of similar offences against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. - Bernama

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