Three Charged with Insulting PM Online

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Three individuals were charged separately at a Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur today with intentionally posting offensive content online about the prime minister.

The insults:

  • Edited image of PM’s head superimposed on dog’s body and ridden by Rosmah
  • Comment that PM is a robber and embezzler 
  • Article entitled ‘Zimbabwe Today Is M’sia Tomorrow’ with doctored photo of PM’s head on Mao Zedong’s body

Storekeeper Ng Thai Quen, 19, was accused of posting an edited image of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on his Facebook page between 7pm on Dec 15, 2016 and 7am on Dec 16, 2016.

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The image allegedly showed the prime minister’s head superimposed on a dog’s body with the Umno logo on its chest and ridden by Rosmah.

Recruiter Nor Sabariah Abdul Kadir, 29, was accused of leaving a comment that the prime minister was a robber and embezzler on the Otai Bersih Facebook page. She allegedly committing the offence at 5.11pm on Feb 1.

Roti canai seller Mazlan Yusoff was accused of posting an article titled ‘Zimbabwe Today Is M’sia Tomorrow’ with a doctored photo of Najib’s head superimposed on the body of China’s founding father, Mao Zedong.

He allegedly committed the offence using a Facebook profile under the name ‘Zain Al Aznam’ at 2.53am on Nov 11, 2016.

The trio were charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) which criminalises the intentional creation and transmission of derogatory communications material to hurt another. The act provides for a maximum RM50,000 fine or one-year imprisonment or both, upon conviction.

All three pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

Bail was fixed at RM3,000 in one surety each, with the cases set for mention on Oct 27.

Rajsurian Pillai and Farida Mohammad represented Sabariah while Ng and Mazlan were unrepresented.