CYBERJAYA, 21 Oct 2009: Eleven cases have been taken to court under Section 211 and Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 involving fines amounting to RM24,500 from last year until now.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said they consisted of six cases of posting comments insulting the Sultan of Perak involving eight individuals; sending vulgar/obscene SMSes (three individuals); sending obscene e-mails (one individual); and sending obscene/vulgar comments (one individual).
He said that in the case of insulting the Sultan of Perak, an individual had pleaded guilty and was fined RM10,000 while five cases that involved seven individuals were waiting for trial.
For the obscene/vulgar SMS, vulgar e-mail and vulgar/obscene comment, all the individuals concerned pleaded guilty and the fines imposed ranged from RM1,800 to RM8,500, he told reporters here today.
He said this after attending a briefing and a function to introduce the new chairperson of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Tan Sri Khalid Ramli, who was appointed on 16 Oct.
Rais also said the MCMC must undertake a study on the cost of acquiring information technology services in the country which was said to be costly compared to the cost in neighbouring and other developing countries. — Bernama
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