Malaysian police arrest man for insulting Johor princess

The man was arrested on the same day the Johor palace announced the princess’s upcoming marriage next month.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s Facebook page

Malaysian police have arrested a 25-year-old man in Negeri Sembilan for posting allegedly insulting remarks on Instagram about the Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim and the Johor royal institution.

According to a report in The Star, state police Chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that police received a report about the incident around 6pm on Sunday (July 16).

The man was later detained by police from the Negeri Sembilan police contingent on the day itself.

Comm Wan Ahmad also added that the case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and if found guilty, the man is liable to a maximum fine of RM50,000 (S$16,000), a one-year jail sentence or both.

He also warned that police would not compromise with people who spread hate among others through social media platforms, said a report in Free Malaysia Today.

“The public have been urged to refrain from abusing social media as the police will not hesitate to take action against offenders,” said Comm Wan Ahmad.

This incident occurred on the same day that the Johor palace announced the princess’s upcoming marriage on August 14 to Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, a former semi-professional footballer.