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Yesterday (6 September), a housewife was fined RM12,000 in default six months’ jail for spreading false information about vaccines on Facebook.
The housewife, Tengku Noor Azlin Wa Kembang Tengku Azizan, 46, had pleaded guilty to the offence of spreading the news through a video posted on the social networking site.
During the hearing, she admitted that she had spread the video with the intention of causing alarm among the public through the Facebook account ‘Kak Siti Wakembang’ at 11.44 p.m. on 25 May.
The video she posted was titled “Who registered for Vaccine? This man reveals the danger of Covid-19 vaccine”.
“I posted the video as I wanted my friends to see and give their comments about it.” she added.
“I plead guilty… in this case, my intention was simply to get the comments of my friends and for them to give their opinions on the video.” she said, according to FMT.
Meanwhile, Sessions Court judge, M M Edwin Paramjothy said her action has likely caused public disorder as well as hamper the government’s efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The offence was committed at a time when the government was trying its best to implement a comprehensive vaccination programme to stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.” the judge said.
Tengku Noor Azlin was unpresented and has pleaded for a lenient sentence on the grounds that she was unemployed and did not intend for the video to go viral.
However, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur prosecution director, Kalmizah Salleh urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence.
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