A businessman claimed trial in a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur today to two charges of insulting Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor on Facebook.
According to the charge sheet, Kum Eng Choon, 54, wrote “kerajaan sekarang p*** m**, Najib, Rosmah pergi neraka” (The current government is [explicit], Najib, Rosmah go to hell), among others, online.
Kum was charged under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for statements conducing to public mischief and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) on improper use of network facilities.
Under section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, a person, upon conviction, can be punished up to one year in jail, RM50,000 fine or both.
A person found guilty under Section 233 of CMA faces a maximum of two years in jail, a fine or both.
This means that Kum could face up to three years jail if he is convicted.
Magistrate Mahyudin Mohammad Som fixed the bail at RM2,500 for each charge, on one surety.
Kum was represented by Lim Lip Eng and Guok Ngek Seong. The case will come up for mention on May 24.
Later, Lim told reporters that his client denied he posted the insulting comment but merely was tagged in Facebook.
Remanded for four days
On April 10, police arrested Kum over suspicion that he insulted government leaders, according to Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd Sukri Kaman.
He was remanded for four days, after admitting to uploading the picture online “with the purpose of maligning the government on Facebook”.
Kum’s wife, Lev Yang Hong, who was present outside the courtroom, recounted how police arrested her husband at their home in Klang.
Lev said the police did not show their identification cards when they approached her.
“There were seven of them at my home. But they did not show any identification, so I did not open the door, making them unhappy.
“Later, they showed their identification,” the 45-year-old said, adding that the police also confiscated a yellow Bersih T-shirt.