Hotel worker charged in Malaysia for making offensive statements on Facebook

Hotel worker charged in Malaysia for making offensive statements on Facebook
Rajaretinam (left) leaving the Sungai Petani Sessions Court after posting bail.

SUNGAI PETANI - A hotel supervisor denied a charge of posting a statement on his Facebook page which insulted the Indian Muslim community and the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma).

A. Rajaretinam, 52, claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to committing the offence at a restaurant beside the Kottumalai Vinayagar Temple at Jalan Persiaran Maybank, Kuala Lumpur at 10.34am on Aug 25.

He was charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code for allegedly posting the statement with intent to insult and to provoke breach of peace.

The offence carries a jail term of two years or a fine or both.

Rajaretinam, from Ampang, Selangor, faces an alternative charge under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network service to make an offensive comment with intent to annoy, abuse or harass another person.

The offence is punishable under Section 233(3) of the same Act and carries a maximum fine of RM50,000, or a maximum jail of one year, or both.

DPP Ahmad Zaki Mohd Daud from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission prosecuted the case before Sessions judge Ikmal Hisham Mohd Tajuddin while Rajaretinam was represented by Datuk S. Ganesan.

The court allowed Rajaretinam bail of RM4,000 in one surety and fixed the case to be mentioned on Nov 16.

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