KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 ― Another Twitter user is now under a probe by Malaysia’s online regulator, possibly for his posts against Malaysian royalty which have long been deleted.
Twitter user Stevie Chan, known by his Twitter username YouTiup, posted a photo update on the social media site earlier today pointing out that police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) officers are paying him a visit.
“MCMC and cops in da house,” Chan wrote on Twitter.
He could not yet be reached by The Malay Mail Online at the time of writing.
The probe comes nearly a week after another popular Malaysian Twitter user Effi Nazrel Saharudin claimed trial to two counts of insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong with two posts on the micro-blogging site.
In a statement, the MCMC said Effi, known by his Twitter moniker as Obefiend, was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for his “offensive tweets”.
Effi pleaded not guilty and was released with a RM4,000 bail for both charges. The case will continue on July 2.
If found guilty, Effi may be fined RM50,000 or jail not more than one year, or both.
Section 233 states the offence as “the online transmission of any comment, request, suggestion, or other communication which is “obscene, indecent, false or offensive” with intent to “annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person”.
After Effi’s trial was announced by MCMC, an image was spread on Twitter showing a reply letter from MCMC to a complainant promising an investigation soon into Chan.
Chan had commented on Twitter after the death of Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah late last month, saying among others: “he will be remembered for only one thing, the menteri besar crisis. and rightly so.”
He later deleted the series of tweets and apologised: “again, I would like to apologise to the late sultan's family for my careless tweets. any hurt caused much regretted.”