Man pleads not guilty over Facebook posts on Prophet Muhammad

Wai Foo Sing.

KUALA LUMPUR: A 68-year-old man man today claimed trial in the Sessions Court to two charges of insulting Prophet Muhammad through a cartoon image he posted on his Facebook page.

On the first charge under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code, Wai Foo Sing is accused of uploading the post on his Facebook account under the name “Foo Sing Wai”.

If convicted, he could be jailed up to five years.

The second charge is under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, for posting an offensive content on the Facebook page with the intention to annoy any person.

If convicted, he could be fined up to RM50,000 or a maximum one year jail term or both.

Both offences were allegedly committed about 5pm on Feb 17.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal proposed a bail of RM30,000.

He said the alleged offences were serious and the case had attracted public attention as it involved a revered figure in Islam.

“It will also send a wrong message to the public on the administration of justice in this country,” he added.

Wai, who was unrepresented, appealed for a lower bail amount as he was unemployed and had health problems.

Judge M M Edwin Paramjothy set bail at RM20,000 with one surety and fixed mention on April 5.