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Court fines blogger Aspan Alias ​​RM4,500 for posting offensive comment on Agong

Judge Nor Hasniah Ab Razak imposed the fine, failing six months in prison, on Aspan, 70, after changing his guilty plea when the case was mentioned. ―Photo Reuters

Friday, July 22, 2022 1:55 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 ― Blogger Aspan Alias ​​was today fined RM4,500 by the Sessions Court for misusing network facilities by posting offensive comments against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on his Facebook.

Judge Nor Hasniah Ab Razak imposed the fine, failing six months in prison, on Aspan, 70, after changing his guilty plea when the case was mentioned.

Aspan was accused of initiating the transmission of offensive communications with the intent to annoy others against the king on his Facebook, with the profile name “Aspan Alias” at 2:47 p.m. on May 16, 2021.

The charge, under section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, is punishable under section 233(3) of the same Act, which provides for a fine maximum of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year and may also be fined RM1,000 for each day the offense continues after conviction.

Earlier, during the mitigation, his lawyer, Nurul Huda Razali informed the court that his client was unemployed and suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

He also regretted his gesture, she added.

Deputy Prosecutor Najihah Farhana Che Awang was prosecuted. ― Bernama