SEPANG: A fishmonger was fined RM9,000 after he pleaded guilty to uploading an offensive post on the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, on Twitter last year.
Sessions court judge Azrol Abdullah ordered Nor Fadzelli Nor Asmadi, 32, to serve seven months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.
Nor Fadzelli was accused of publishing the post under the profile name “fadzelli6” at about 10pm on Nov 23, 2022.
The post was read at 2pm on Nov 25 at the headquarters of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in Cyberjaya.
Nor Fadzelli was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 read with Section 233(3) for making and initiating communication offensive to the sultan with intention to harass.
The section prescribes punishment of up to one year’s imprisonment or a fine not exceeding RM50,000, or both. An offender may also be liable to an additional fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence continues after conviction.
The prosecution was conducted by MCMC prosecuting officer Mai Zairani Zainal Abidin, who asked for a deterrent punishment to serve as a lesson not only to the accused but to society in general.
She suggested a fine of between RM5,000 and RM10,000.
Nor Fadzelli, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency. He expressed remorse for his action, saying that he would not repeat the offence.