PETALING JAYA: The husband of a woman who sparked controversy with her stand-up performance at a comedy club here was today fined RM16,000 by the sessions court for two counts of improper use of the network facilities by creating and initiating the transmission of an offensive video on social media.
Judge Azrul Darus meted the fine on Alexander Navin Vijayachandran, 39, who pleaded guilty to the charges.
Navin was fined RM8,000, in default four months in jail, on each count. He paid the fine.
Navin was charged with creating and initiating the transmission of offensive communications with the intent to offend others via Instagram and YouTube on June 5 and June 16 last year.
The posts were read at a condominium in Damansara Perdana here at 10.30am on July 9 last year.
Both charges were framed under Section 233(1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year, or both, and can be fined RM1,000 for every day the offence continues after conviction, if found guilty.
Deputy public prosecutor P Vitiya Monisha, when seeking a heavy sentence, said the action by the accused had caused public discomfort.
“A total of 46 police reports were received regarding the video,” Vitiya said.
Navin’s lawyer, R Sivaraj, said during mitigation that his client converted to Islam in July last year before marrying Siti Nuramira Abdullah in December.
He is now remorseful and has learnt his lessons, Sivaraj said.
Siti Nuramira was fined RM8,000 by the Kuala Lumpur sessions court on April 17 this year after pleading guilty to an alternative charge of deliberately wounding the religious feelings of others during her stand-up act.
She was accused of insulting Islam by admitting she is a Muslim who memorised 15 juzuk (chapters) of the Quran before revealing herself in a skimpy outfit at a comedy club.