Blogger pleads not guilty to insulting Johor royals

How many times do I have to tell you all Msia bloggers, get a real freaking domain name and the only place you can express your free speech/opinion is here at
All Msian websites/blogs that discuss about politics are shut off and the bloggers will be put in JAIL!!!**


SEREMBAN: A 29-year-old blogger pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here Friday to insulting the Johor royal house by posting derogatory remarks on his blog.

Khairul Nizam Abd Ghani from Rumah Rakyat Pancor in Paroi near here allegedly uploaded the remarks on his blog between 7.25pm and 9.05pm on Jan 22.

The accused was a picture of calm when the court interpreter read him the charge.

He was accused of improper use of network facilities or a network service as provided for under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588).

He had allegedly uploaded the remarks under the pseudonym Aduka Taruna.

The charge also states that the intention of the accused was to hurt the feelings of the Johor royalty and the people.

Under Section 233, any person who knowingly initiates the transmission of any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person, is liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to one year.

He shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Masri Mohd Daud asked the court to impose RM10,000 bail pending a re-mention of the case.

Counsel for the accused, Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin, said the court should impose the lowest amount possible as Khairul Nizam had surrendered to the authorities.

“In fact, my client only got married last month and the kenduri (wedding feast) will be held tomorrow (Saturday). If the bail is not lowered, his wife will have to be seated on the dais alone,” he said.

Mohd Radzlan said Khairul Nizam’s wife only managed to raise RM5,000 for bail.

“In fact, the allegations are also not as serious as they have been made out to be. I hope the court will grant our request,” he said.

Judge Zamri Bakar admonished Mohd Radzlan for claiming that the allegations were not serious.

“We are talking about a royal institution which, among others, ensures the stability of our country. I do not agree with the view of the counsel in this,” he said.

Zamri then set bail at RM5,000 with one surety and fixed the case for re-mention on March 31.

Khairul Nizam, who is a graphic designer, was detained by Kota Baru police on Tuesday and remanded for four days to assist in their investigation.