Salesman claims trial to defaming Padungan rep on Facebook

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Jan 9: A salesman, who allegedly is behind a profile named ‘Hui Tai Lang’ on Facebook, today pleaded not guilty to a charge of defaming Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei on the social media platform.

Magistrate Faelly Jeffery Lanjungan allowed the accused, Chin Siaw Hong, 50, to be released on court bail of RM3,000 with two local sureties having net salaries of not less than RM2,000.

Faelly fixed Feb 22, 2019, for pre-trial case management.

Chin was charged under Section 500 of the Penal Code for posting defamatory messages and images via his Facebook account on Dec 9, 2018, at about 12.54pm.

This section of the Code provides for a maximum jail term of two years or with fine or both.

Chin, in his posts on Facebook under the name ‘Hui Tai Lang’, alleged that ‘Wong used fraud money to buy luxurious house and luxurious car’, ‘YB is involved in land fraud case’, ‘Wong applied for court order to demolish native houses’ and ‘A group of lawyers had used forged identity cards, forged signatures, forged documents to sell land having value RM4.5million to one native businessman’.

Upon a police investigation, it was found that the posts shared by ‘Hui Tai Lang’ were not true. — DayakDaily