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JOHOR BARU, Dec 30, 2015:

A 40-year-old marketing executive was fined RM20,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here today for posting comments on social media that insulted the credibility of the Sultan of Johor.

Adnan Mohd Yunos, who works in an advertising company in Kuala Lumpur, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi ordered the accused to pay the fine.

It was learnt that Adnan later paid the fine.

According to the facts of the case, Adnan had knowingly made an insulting comment through the Astro Awani Facebook page with the intention to cause hurt and humiliation.

Adnan’s post had allegedly read: “Sultan dan kerabat jangan menganiaya orang…ni kalau di Johor segala bisnes orang awam semua kerabat nak sapu bersih. Allah ambil sesuatu yang paling Sultan sayang je… anak yang dia paling sayang.” (The Sultan and his relatives should not cause difficulties to the people… In Johor all the businesses in Johor are taken up by the Sultan’s relatives. God took one thing dearest to the Sultan… his beloved son.)

He was charged with committing the offence in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm on Dec 17.

The offence was under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) and is punishable under Section 233 (3) of the same Act.

If found guilty, can be fined up to RM50,000, or jailed two years, or both.

Deputy public prosecutor Norashikin Ibrahim prosecuted, while the accused was unrepresented.

On Dec 19, a police team from the Johor Baru Selatan serious crimes division arrested a suspect in the Desa View Tower, off Jalan Genting Kelang, Kuala Lumpur.

Investigators believed that the suspect was linked to the “POH POCONG” Facebook handle that recently insulted the Johor royal family.

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