Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bloggers to be charge for defacing Perak Sultan website

Bloggers should be responsible and professional otherwise face the consequences for what they had done.

Six people will be charged under Section 233 of the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998 for defacing the Perak Sultan’s website in a move which is aimed at quelling the avalanche of criticisms against the royalty.
The six persons to be prosecuted will be the first people to be charged under Section 233 of the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998.

Under the section it is an offence to make unwise use of network or network services by making comments, demands, suggestions or communication deemed vulgar, false, threatening or disturbing.

The six face a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a jail term of of one year or both. It is reported that immediately after Sultan Azlan Shah denied Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin’s request to dissolve the Perak legislature in February and instead appointed Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as Menteri besar, the ruler’s website came under attack. Sultan Azlan Shah’s website was “flamed” with personal attacks with all sorts of accusations made against the ruler.

In various blogs and websites, he has come under intense criticism from writers and readers alike. The attacks against Sultan Azlan Shah sparked off controversy with Umno championing the royalty and accusing those who attacked the monarchy of being disloyal.

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