Why was ex-Malacca CM only fined RM1,900?

Zikri Kamarulzaman

Modified 22 Sep 2016, 5:36 am

Former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik Tuesday became the latest individual to be convicted under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) for posting negative comments on the social media.

Eleven months after he first pleaded not guilty, Rahim was slapped with a fine of RM1,900 for making offending comments against Selangor Crown Prince Tengku Amir Shah last year.

This is the lightest punishment dealt out in the 12 reported convictions under Section 233 of the CMA since 2009, with other sentences ranging from RM10,000 to as high as RM50,000, or one year's jail.

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