Charges Dropped Against Blogger Ratu Naga over Online Insult of Najib

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The prosecution has withdrawn a criminal charge against Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, 37, for an alleged 2015 insult of then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak through Facebook.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya said today that deputy public prosecutor Nazrul Nizam informed the Sessions Court that the Attorney-General had accepted the representation of Syarul Ema Rena – otherwise known as Ratu Naga – for the withdrawal of the charge against her.

“Court then ordered a discharge against Ratu Naga,” she said, adding that her fellow colleague Zaid Malek appeared today for Syarul when the case came up before Sessions Court judge Saifulakmal Mohd Said.

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In a letter dated July 24, the Attorney-General’s Chamber’s head of prosecution Datuk Othman Yusof informed Syarul’s law firm that their June 20 letter of representation had been brought to the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas’s attention.

“After studying and evaluating the testimony regarding this case, the Attorney-General has instructed that the charge faced by your client be withdrawn on the coming trial date,” Othman said in the letter.

On February 18, 2016, Syarul was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act over her alleged insult.

In her Facebook posting in October 2015, the building consultant blasted Najib for signing the TPPA, which critics say would not have been favourable to small businesses and workers here.

“You are truly a (profanity) if you sign the TPPA. You are an illegitimate child if you sign it (profanity)! You think you can get away with it! You are selling the country! What kind of a (profanity) are you? We Malaysians will curse your family for the next seven generations!” she posted.

In December the following year, Syarul was pelted with eggs and splashed with paint by Umno supporters after she attempted to deliver bottles of water to the home of Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos in Ampang.

She told reporters then she wanted to help supply bath water to Jamal after the Sungai Besar Umno division chief protested a water shortage at the Selangor state secretariat, donning a bathrobe.

Earlier report: Apr 20, Court Orders Ratu Naga’s Trial to Proceed