KUALA LUMPUR: A security guard fined RM21,000 after pleading guilty to three charges over insulting the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, begged the court to impose a light sentence.
“Please forgive me, I acted emotional and stupid while I was at home to upload an ugly status without realizing the impact and how serious this offense is.
“I am the main breadwinner of the family and I took my mother to the hospital to undergo gallbladder surgery this Friday,” the accused who was not represented by any lawyer said while sobbing.
He was accused of three charges of sending offensive communications against the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
According to Bernama, Judge Nor Hasniah Ab. Razak imposed a fine of RM7,000 on Mohd. Hairol Ahmad, 41, for each charge after the accused pleaded guilty to the three charges imposed today.
If he fails to pay the fine, he can be jailed for 18 months, which is six months for each charge.
Mohd. Hairol committed offense August 24 when he posted 3 offensive messages on his Facebook page with the intention of insulting and hurting others.
All the charges were presented in accordance with Section 233(1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and punished according to Section 233(3) of the same act which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum imprisonment of one year or both.
However, the court reduced the fine to RM21,000 after he was begging, crying and appologizing.