JOHOR BARU: A 39-year-old draughtsman pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here to four charges of allegedly sending insulting texts and pictures using his Facebook account last year.
Muhammad Firdaus Embong made the plea after the charges were read to him in front of Judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim here on Tuesday (March 28).
According to the charge sheet, Muhammad Firdaus sent insulting text and pictures through his Facebook account with the intent to hurt other people's feelings.
The act was allegedly committed between March 17 and Aug 18, 2022.
The post was also seen at 2pm at a bank in Kulai on Sept 14, 2022.
The act is an offence under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which outlines the improper use of network facilities or services.
It is an offence that carries a maximum fine of RM50,000, a maximum jail term of one year, or both, and a further fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence continues, upon conviction.
The case was prosecuted by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) prosecution officer Mai Zairani Zainal Abidin and Deputy Public Prosecutor Fazril Sani Mohamad Fadzil, while Firdaus was not represented.
During the prosecution, Fazril Sani had requested to the court that bail be set at RM10,000 for every charge with one surety.
The court then sets bail at RM5,000 for each charge with one surety and set May 15 for the next mention of the case.
Muhammad Firdaus posted bail.