Despatch rider fined RM5,000 for posting insults against IGP

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — A despatch rider was today fined RM5,000 by the Cyber Court here today for insulting Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in his Facebook account. 

Rosmin Mohamed Noor, 40, who was summoned for his case to be rementioned, changed his plea to guilty today and was sentenced by Judge Zaman Mohd Noor.  

Rosmin paid the fine.  

Counsel Ahmad Nurie Abdul Rahman who represented Rosmin had earlier appealed to the court for a minimal fine as his client was unemployed.  “My client has also changed his plea to guilty to save the court’s time. He is remorseful and regrets his actions and admitted that he could not control his emotions at that time (while updating his Facebook status),” he said. 

Deputy public prosecutor Amira Sariaty Zainal urged the court to mete out an appropriate sentence to prevent social media users from issuing statements which could affect public order.  

“Every word and view put out should be rational. The sentence should be a lesson not only to Rosmin but to the public to be more careful when posting their views in social media,” she said. 

Based on the facts of the case, the plaintiff, a policeman read the comments which had threatening and offensive elements on the Facebook site uploaded by Rosmin.  

On Sept 29, Rosmin pleaded not guilty to using the Internet application and deliberately posted insulting and offensive statements against Khalid with the intention to hurt others. 

He was charged with committing the offence at Lot 708, Kampung Teluk Bahru 2, Lundang, Kota Baru, Kelantan, at 10.10 am on Sept 22 under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or one year’s jail or both.   Bernama