Man claims trial over insulting comments against Agong

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KUALA LUMPUR: A man who sent insulting comments on his Facebook site against the previous Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V was charged at the Sessions Court here this morning.

Eric Liew Chee Ling pleaded not guilty to using the Facebook site of “Eric Liew” to send insulting comments on the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong with the intention to hurt others on Jan 6 between 7.01pm and 9.23pm.

The comment was read at 8pm on the same day at the office of the Classified Criminal Investigation Unit (D5), Criminal Investigation Department, at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal said the case was severe because the comments made by the accused included some on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s personal life.

He proposed that bail for Liew be set at RM20,000 with one surety. However, lawyer New Sin Yew, representing the accused, asked for bail to be reduced to a reasonable amount.

Liew was charged under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and could be sentenced under Section 233 (3) of the same act. If convicted, he faces a maximum fine of RM50,000, or jail of up to one year or both.

Judge MM Edwin Paramjothy set bail at RM8,000 with one surety and Mar 26 for case mention.