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Couple charged with posting offensive comments on sultan

KUALA TERENGGANU, 16 March 2009: A couple was charged in the Sessions Court here today with two counts of posting unsavoury comments to the website of the Sultan of Perak’s office with intention to offend others.

Businessman Fuad Ariff Abdul Rashid, 35, and his wife, Fatimah Maisurah Abdullah, 34, a lawyer, were alleged to have knowingly posted the comments on http://books.dreambook.com.webper/-dul1.html which has links with the website of the sultan’s office at www.sultan.perak.gov.my.

They allegedly committed the offences at No 1206, Kampung Tok Kaya, Chabang Tiga, here at 7.57am and 8.01am on 14 Feb.

Each offence under section 233(1)(a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term not exceeding a year, or both, on conviction.

Judge Mohamad Khalid Abdul Karim fixed 20 April for mention and allowed bail of RM6,000 with one surety each.

They were represented by counsel Wan Zainuddin Wan Musa while deputy public prosecutor Datuk Azmi Ariffin appeared for the prosecution.

Wan Zainuddin told reporters outside the courtroom that he would make a representation to the Attorney-General’s chambers to reconsider the charges against both his clients and to drop the charges against Fatimah.

On 13 March, a school laboratory assistant was fined RM10,000 in default five months’ jail by the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur for posting comments insulting the Sultan of Perak on a website, the first such case in the country. — Bernama

 

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