Seven months, RM10,000 for insulting Islam

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Sessions Court yesterday sentenced an unemployed man to seven months’ jail and fined him RM10,000, in default two months’ jail, for having insulted Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a post on his Facebook account last month.

Judge Hasbullah Adam passed the judgment on Mohamad Yazid Kong Abdullah, 52, after the latter maintained his plea of guilty recorded last Friday for having posted an offensive communication with the intention to cause annoyance on the Facebook account in the name of Yazid Kong at 8.21pm on February 24.

In his judgment yesterday, Hasbullah said the action of the accused who had made an insult concerning religion, particularly Islamic religion, was serious and had challenged the Federal Constitution.

“The Federal Constitution states that the Islamic religion is the federal religion, your action truly challenged the Federal Constitution which formed the highest law in our country. You are fortunate for being charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which only provided a maximum jail term of one year,”said the judge.

Mohamad Yazid Kong, who was wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans, appeared calm and nodded slowly.

Earlier before the proceedings, Mohamad Yazid Kong’s wife and two-year-old son were present in court and the woman cried loudly while saying, “You think about your son, how to eat every day”, she told the accused before being calmed by the lawyer.

The court also ordered Mohamad Yazid Kong to be jailed two months if he failed to pay the fine.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal applied to the court to impose a heavy jail sentence and fine for the accused who had uploaded the statement which had angered Muslims throughout the country.

Mohamad Yazid Kong Abdullah at the Sessions Court. – BERNAMA