Man charged with insulting nasi lemak seller, not wearing face mask

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A man, who was seen in a viral video scolding and hurling insulting words at a nasi lemak seller, was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates’ Court today with the offence and also for not wearing face mask.

A woman in her 40s, believed to be his wife arrived as early as 9am and sat in the public gallery as she waited for the hearing to begin.

She just looked on silently as the court translator read out the charges against her husband.

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J Syamalan, 33, who is a businessman, however, pleaded not guilty to both charges, which were read out separately, before Magistrate Wong Chai Sia.

On the charge with insulting the nasi lemak seller, the businessman, who has three children, was alleged to have intended to insult the modesty of the 23-year-old woman, which is an offence under Section 509 of the Penal Code.

He faced imprisonment for up to five years or with fine or both, if found guilty.

Syamalan was also charged with violating Regulation 17 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) 2021 for not wearing face mask in a public area.

Both the offences were allegedly committed in front of a shop at Jalan Desa Bakti, Taman Desa at 10.30am last July 18.

The businessman, represented by lawyer John Das, was allowed bail of RM4,000 with one surety on both charges and the court set August 24 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar prosecuted.

Later, when walking out of the court complex, the man Syamalan the press if they wanted his signature.

Sporting a face mask this time and clad in a yellow T-shirt with the words “we don’t care”, he joked with members of the media as he walked out of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex.

“You don’t want my signature?

As the photographers clicked on their cameras, Syamalan remarked: “That’s enough. My eyes are hurting.”