Online Trader Fined RM23,000 Instead of Jail Time for Derogatory Comment on Navy Personnel

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Court Decision: Fine Imposed for Social Media Offense

Online Trader Fined RM23,000 Instead of Jail Time for Derogatory Comment on Navy Personnel
Online Trader Fined RM23,000 Instead of Jail Time for Derogatory Comment on Navy Personnel

In a recent ruling by the Sessions Court on Friday, an online trader, Saudin Shafik, was fined RM23,000 in lieu of a three-month jail term for posting a derogatory comment regarding Navy personnel who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter collision in Lumut.

Details of the Case

Saudin Shafik, aged 35, pleaded guilty to committing the offense through an application service on April 23rd. Judge Naisha Ibrahim presided over the case and emphasized the importance of the sentence as a deterrent against similar acts in the future. The judge also called for greater caution among the public when using social media platforms.

Apology and Claim of Bipolar Disorder

During the court proceedings, Saudin Shafik apologized for his actions to the families of the victims, the Malaysian Armed Forces, and the public. He cited suffering from bipolar disorder and expressed regret for his offensive post. Additionally, Saudin announced his decision to deactivate his account on the application service.

Legal Ramifications

Saudin was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which is punishable under Section 233(3) of the same act. The maximum penalty for such offenses includes a fine of up to RM50,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both. Additionally, an additional fine of RM1,000 per day may be imposed for each day the offense continues.

Conclusion

The case highlights the legal consequences of posting derogatory remarks on social media platforms and serves as a reminder for individuals to exercise responsibility and sensitivity in their online interactions.

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