Facebook User Jailed 7 Days for Disrespecting late Kedah Sultan

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Man pleads guilty to posting rude comments on the death of the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

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Sheikh Noor Affandi Sh Ab Ghani, 40, was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment and fined RM5,000 in default of three months’ jail by the Cyber Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday for posting on social media rude and disrespectful comments on the death of the late Kedah Sultan.

He was charged with the improper use of network facilities or network service under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries the penalty of up to one-year imprisonment or fine not exceeding RM50,000, or both.

Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the various cyber applications available should not be abused with inconsiderate comments or views as it was an offence that can get users into trouble with the law.

He said netizens should be aware of the possible implications of such comments which may be read by millions of other cyber users who may have opposing views.

Acryl Sani said insolent and disparaging comments, especially directed to the country’s leaders, can cause tension among the public as well as disrupt peace.