KUALA LUMPUR: Two men pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here today to insulting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on Facebook.
Ooi Wei Siong and Nurhaizad Azhar were charged under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act with posting offensive comments on March 1 with the intention to annoy another person.
The penalty under Section 233 (1)(a) is a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a one-year jail term upon conviction.
Sessions Court judge Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy set March 17 for Ooi’s sentencing and March 23 for Nurhaizad’s.
They were granted bail of RM6,000 with one surety pending their sentencing.
Edwin also said they were prohibited from commenting about their cases on social media.
Nurhaizad, who was not represented, told the court he wanted to apologise to Sultan Abdullah and other Malaysians for his remark.
“I was stressed about the political situation a few weeks ago when I posted on Facebook, and I regret my action,” he said, adding that he deleted the post after it went viral.
Ooi, represented by lawyer Ahmad Ridza Mohd Noh, told the court he regretted his act and wished to apologise to the public.
Another individual, Fadilah Hamid, claimed trial in the same court to a charge of insulting Islam on her Facebook last month.
The court allowed Fadilah bail of RM6,000 with one surety and set April 14 for mention.
Fadilah was represented by lawyer Nur Sabrina Nasaruddin while deputy public prosecutor Annur Atiqah Abd Hadi appeared for the prosecution in all three cases.