PKR-linked preacher goes to jail after court rejects sedition appeal

Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin.

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here today rejected PKR-linked Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin’s appeal against his conviction for a charge of making seditious remarks against the sultan of Selangor seven years ago.

High Court judge Abdul Halim Aman also extended Wan Ji’s jail sentence from nine months to a year.

Halim said the statements by Wan Ji were clearly an insult to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“Whatever he said, as stated in the charge, is clear. It is an extreme act, and we must remember the principle of the Rukun Negara which is loyalty to king and country,” Halim said in his summary judgment.

“Although as citizens we are given a lot of freedom, it has limits and is subject to laws and norms.”

In April last year, the Sessions Court sentenced Wan Ji to nine months’ jail for his Facebook posts in 2012.

He was charged under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, which carries a fine not exceeding RM5,000, a jail term of up to three years or both.

Wan Ji, a former member of the Selangor PAS Ulama wing, had reportedly questioned the status of the sultan as the head of religion.

In 2017, the Kelantan-born was appointed as the spokesman on Islamic matters by the DAP-led Penang state government.