KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — A laborer was sentenced to six months jail by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to four counts of making and initiating offensive communications against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) and raising racial issues on his Facebook account.
Judge N. Priscilla Hemamalini ordered the accused, Abdul Rahim Abdullah, 49, to serve the sentence concurrently from today.
On the first count, he was charged with consciously making and initiating the transmission of offensive communications regarding racial issues with the intent to annoy others through the Tuk Chik Facebook account, at 3.34pm on January 25.
He was charged with three more counts of making and initiating the transmission of offensive communications against the YDPA with the intent to annoy others using the same Facebook account between 10.52am and 11.26am, on April 2 and April 3.
The charges, under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and punishable under Section 233 (3) of the same law, provide a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to a year or both, if convicted, and a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nurilya Ellyna Nur Azmal urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence.
Abdul Rahim, who was unrepresented, appealed for a lighter sentence on the grounds that he had repented for the offence, and he also apologised to the royal institution.