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Insulting royalty, man fined RM14k

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KUALA LUMPUR:  An employee of an electronic factory was fined RM14,000, in default three months’ jail, by the Sessions Court here today for insulting the Sultan of Johor and the Sultan of Pahang on Facebook last

Judge Balqis Aini Mohd Ali imposed the fine after Muhamad Hafzan Romli, 26, from Shah Alam, Selangor, pleaded guilty to the charge.

“The offence is serious, where you have insulted the state royal institutions, which indirectly is a breach of the principles of Rukun Negara,” she said in her judgment.

Muhamad Hafzan was charged with making offensive statements which were intended to insult the Johor and Pahang royal institutions and their citizens by using the Facebook application which used a profile name ‘Rashidah Rijai”.

The offence was committed at Blok G-T03-U09 Pangsapuri Putra Damai, Precinct 11, Putrajaya, at 4 pm on June 6 last 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 six months, if found guilty.

During mitigation, lawyer Zamani Mukhtar, representing Muhamad Hafzan, asked for the court to not sent his client to prison as he had to support a mother and two school-going siblings.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz prosecuted. Muhamad Hafzan paid the fine.- BERNAMA


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