IPOH, Oct 19: A Form Six student was ordered to read the ‘Rukun Negara’ (National Principles) in the Magistrate’s Court here today before being fined RM5,000, in default three months’ jail, for insulting the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, on a social website, reported Bernama.
Magistrate Siti Hafiza Jaafar ordered the accused to read the Rukun Negara by emphasising the fifth principle, which is on good behaviour and morality.
“The offence (insulting the sultan) is liable to imprisonment, but you are still schooling, and as a lesson for your and others, a punitive punishment should be given,” she said before handing down the sentence.
The 19-year-old student, who is sitting for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) next month pleaded guilty to improper use of network facilities by transmitting offensive comments about the sultan with an intention to annoy others through the Twitter application.
The offence was committed at Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh at 10.30pm on Oct 13.