Malaysian senior citizen charged with posting offensive caricature on FB

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KUALA LUMPUR - A senior citizen has been charged in the Sessions Court here with posting an offensive caricature, said to be of the Prophet Muhammad, on his Facebook account.

Wai Foo Sing (pic), 68, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him before judge M.M Edwin Paramjothy yesterday.

According to the first charge, Wai allegedly uploaded a posting which could cause disharmony between Muslims and non-Muslims on a Facebook account under the name of Foo Sing Wai at 5pm on Feb 17.

The charge under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of between two and five years upon conviction.

For the second charge, Wai is accused of posting offensive content via the same Facebook account on the same day.

The charge under Section 233(1)(a) of the Malaysian Communi­cations and Multimedia Commis­sion Act 1998 carries a fine of up to RM50,000 (S$17,000) or imprisonment up to one year or both and a possible fine of RM1,000 for each day the offence is continued after conviction.

DPP Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal did not offer bail on grounds that it was a non-bailable offence.

Wai, who was unrepresented, asked for a minimum bail as he was jobless and suffering from diabetes.

"My son will come to post bail for me but I am not sure how much money he has," said Wai.

The court fixed bail at RM20,000. The case is set for mention on April 5.