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Think twice about that FB status

12th July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: There is nothing wrong with updating your personal status on Facebook (FB), unless the intent is to insult a person’s modesty.

Yesterday, a self-employed man ended up in jail for a day and fined RM4,000 in default three months’ jail for posting a photo of his traffic summons on FB with a caption that intended to disgrace and disrespect a police officer.

According to court documents, Zakrin Bidin, 41, had uploaded and posted the said image on FB under the name of “Kingken Ken” on July 4, at 4.38pm.

The caption, all in capital letters read: “Saya tau lah saya salah… Double parking… Tapi… Saya ada duduk dalam kereta… Enjin kereta hidup… Dia tengok lagi muka saya…. Apa salah kalau dia cakap suruh pindah kah… Lari kah… Babi sial punya manusia”.

Zakrin was nabbed on July 4, at 6.12pm at the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, at the police headquarters here, following a police report lodged against him.

The complainant (the police who issued the traffic summons) on advice from his superior lodged a police report as such posting was intended to disgrace police officers and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

The Magistrate’s Court was told that the summons was issued by the complainant on the same day (July 4) along Jalan Coastal for traffic obstruction.

The offence is framed Section 509 of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, a fine or both.

In mitigation, the accused apologised for his action and told the court that he was now very much aware of his wrongdoing. He asked the court not to impose a custodial sentence and asked for a minimum fine. He said he was remanded for a week. Inspector Albert Basiri prosecuted the case.

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