Salesman hit with RM10,000 fine after court finds him guilty of defaming Padungan rep on Facebook

File photo depicting the Kuching Court Complex.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Nov 9: The Magistrate’s Court here has fined a salesman a total of RM10,000 for using a Facebook profile with the username ‘Hui Tai Lang’ to defame Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei on the social media platform.

On Feb 17, 2020, the Magistrate’s Court had discharged and acquitted Chin Siaw Hong, 51.

However, the prosecution was not satisfied with the sentence and appealed it to the Kuching High Court.

On Feb 19, 2021, High Court Judge Zaleha Rose Pandin ordered Chin to enter his defence at the Magistrate’s Court.

Magistrate Zaiton found Chin guilty of the charge and sentenced him to a fine of RM10,000 or in default two-months imprisonment.

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 12.54 pm.

On Dec 10, 2018, Wong lodged six police reports at the Kuching Police One Stop Centre against several social media pages for slander and defamation.

Subsequent police investigations found that the posts shared by ‘Hui Tai Lang’ were false and untrue. — DayakDaily