Jailed labourer who insulted TMJ sent to reform school


JOHOR BARU: Labourer Muhammad Amirul Azwan Mohd Shakri, jailed for posting insulting comments against the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, has now been sent to a reform school in Malacca.

High Court Judge Mohd Soffian Abdul Razak made the order after setting aside a lower court decision which sentenced Amirul to a year’s jail.

“The High Court substituted the jail term and sent Amirul to the correction school although we urged the judge to reduce the prison term or bound him over for good behaviour,” lawyer Jimmy Puah told FMT.

Amirul, now 19, will remain at the Henry Gurney school in Pasir Mas, Malacca, until he is 21 years of age.

Puah, who appeared with Hassan Karim, said he submitted that Amirul be given a four-month jail term so that he could walk out a free man.

He had spent the four months in prison until last week.

“We also told the court the accused was a first-time offender, was remorseful over his action and had pleaded guilty to charges framed against him.”

Puah said Amirul had given instructions that an appeal be filed in the Court of Appeal over the sentencing.

On June 7, trial judge Sabariah Atan sentenced Amirul to a year’s jail on each of the 14 counts, which were to be served concurrently from April 28, the date of his arrest.

Amirul was unrepresented in the Sessions Court.

He had posted insulting comments against Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on his Facebook account “Miyo Castello”, with the intention of hurting the prince’s feeling and also that of the Johor royal institution.

Amirul from Kampung Palas Merah, Tumpat, Kelantan, was charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or a maximum one-year jail term or up to a year, or both.

Soon after Amirul was sent to prison, the family engaged Hassan, who filed an appeal to the High Court to stay the punishment and also to substitute the sentence with a fine.

Last week, he was out of prison pending his appeal being heard today.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Azizah Mohamad represented the government.