The Movement Control Order (MCO) which was implemented last year had sparked a heavy debate among Malaysians, with some supporting it as a measure to curb the Covid-19 spread, while the rest criticised it for damaging the economy and rendering people jobless.
In May, a Facebook user “Apit Wan Lebo” was one of them who openly criticise the Malaysian government’s decision to implement the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO).
Apt, also known as Roshafeez Abdul Hamid, 39, then caught the authority’s attention and was being charged at a Sessions Court for insulting the government.
According to The Star, he had pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out before judge Norita Mohd Ardani.
According to the charge sheet, Roshafeez is said to have uploaded the offensive video with the intent to offend others on 9 May this year at about 1.30 p.m.
The post was read at the Batu Gajah district police headquarters’ Criminal Investigation Office at 10.30 a.m. the next day.
Meanwhile, Roshafeez is being charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and if found guilty he can be fined a maximum of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both.
His case was prosecuted by Deputy public prosecutor Liyana Zawani Mohd Radzi and the accused represented by lawyers Sukhdave Singh and Keshvinder Singh.
Liyana had requested the court to set bail for RM10,000, but Keshvinder asked for a lower amount as the accused only earned about RM1,500 a month as a nasi lemak seller and needs to support his wife and their five children.
The court then fixed bail at RM5,000 with one surety, and fixed 25 January as the next mention date.
On 11 May this year, state police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed that the accused had been arrested for using vulgarities to criticise the ongoing movement control order in a video.
He added that the man had been released on police bail after having his statement taken, and they have started investigations and will refer to the deputy public prosecution if there is any action to be taken against the man.