Man pleads guilty to insulting Hindu religion

Zamri Abd Razak pleaded guilty to a charge of insulting the Hindu religion on his online posts. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A 52-year-old man today pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court to two counts of insulting the Hindu religion on his Facebook page.

Zamri Abd Razak, a part-time photographer, was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which carries a maximum RM50,000 fine, maximum one year’s jail or both.

The court fixed sentencing for Monday.

In mitigation, Zamri, who was not represented, told the court he was unemployed and had to take care of his sick father.

“He has a heart condition. If bail is allowed, I plead for a minimum amount,” he said.

Asyraf urged the court to consider the seriousness of the offence, saying there have been many cases of people insulting other religions.

Sessions Court judge Zamri Bakar fixed bail at RM15,000 with one surety.

Earlier this week, an unemployed man was sentenced to seven months’ jail and fined RM10,000, or in default two months’ jail, over a Facebook post insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad last month.

Last Friday, a Sarawakian was jailed 10 years and 10 months after he pleaded guilty to a similar offence.