KUALA LUMPUR: An online forex trader was sentenced to a day in prison and fined RM4,000 by the sessions court here today for uploading an offensive post on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to his Facebook page last year.
Judge Zaman Mohd Noor meted out the sentence after Nasaruddin Saron pleaded “guilty” to the offence.
The 41-year-old from Felda Bukit Easter in Kota Tinggi, Johor, was charged with intentionally uploading a post with the intention of offending others to his Facebook account ‘Nasaruddin Saron’ on Oct 26, 2016.
The post read: “1) Najib adalah perompak terbesar dalam sejarah dunia, 2) Najib jual kepentigan negara 3) Najib avalan pengkhianat serenar raja-raja melayu!!! cash is the king jadi amalan Najib durjana 4)Penasihat asing bangsa yahudi…perangai pun macam yahudi!!! memalukan negara dan islam.”
The post is alleged to have been read at a house with the address of No. A-1110, Tingkat 11, Menara A, Pandan Kapital, Jalan Pandan Utama, Pandan Indah here on Oct 27, 2016.
Nasaruddin was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a sentence of one year’s imprisonment, or a RM50,000 fine, or both.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s head of prosecution Mohd Sophian Zakaria, who prosecuted, said apt punishment must be handed down to the accused.
“He should not post that kind of insulting statement towards the leader of our country despite his different political view,” he said.
Nasaruddin, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lenient sentence as this was his first offence.