Many Malaysians were outrage when Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was chosen as the country’s 8th Prime Minister. However, a Chinese lady found herself in trouble after venting her frustration online.
“Can hire a killer to kill the new prime minister,” she posted on social media. The woman was later identified as Penny Tai (not to be confused with the Mandopop singer 戴佩妮) on Facebook.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Penny was arrested yesterday (Tuesday, 3rd March) afternoon at approximately 2pm in Ampang Jaya. The police reveal that the 28-year-old lady works in a clinic, has no political background and has never voted.
Penny is currently being investigated under the Penal Code Section 506 (the offence of criminal intimidation) and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 (threatened national security through the use of Internet). If found guilty, she could be put behind bars or faced with a fine up to RM50k.
Imej Tular: Buat ugutan jenayah terhadap YAB PM, pemilik akaun Facebook Penny Tai diberkas. Jom dengarkan penjelasan KJSJ Selangor, SAC Dato' Fadzil Ahmat. https://t.co/FaL7E7JXwS
— Polis Diraja M'sia (@PDRMsia) March 3, 2020
Earlier this week, a 35-year-old man from Perak got into trouble after he used the f-bomb against Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah. In his rant, Aaron Yee accused Agong of “undermining our country’s democracy”. He also boldly wrote, “And I won’t mind going to jail for this message”.
Following his arrest on Sunday (1st March), Aaron is being investigated under Section 4(1)(a) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. 2 other Facebook users – Gavin Lee and Haizad Azhar – also accused the King of racism and compromising the people’s democracy.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, posting them on social media might not be a wise choice.