Youth fined $2,670 by Malaysia court for spreading fake news on Facebook

A 23-year-old youth in Malaysia was fined RM7,000 (S$2,671) or four months' jail for spreading malicious news via Facebook. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A 23-year-old youth in Malaysia was fined RM7,000 (S$2,671) or four months' jail for spreading malicious news via Facebook. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KLANG (The STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): A 23-year-old youth was fined RM7,000 (S$2,671) or four months' jail for spreading malicious news via Facebook.

Muhammad Nur Hafiz Palpha, an Internet installation company employee, pleaded guilty before Sessions judge Surita Budin to committing the offence through his Facebook account, 'Ringgo Pandan.'

In a posting on his account in August, Muhammad Nur Hafiz alleged that some teenagers had been killed while returning from prayers near Pandamaran in Klang.

The posting was spotted by a policeman based at the Pandamaran police station at 8.15am on Aug 1, according to facts of the case presented by deputy public prosecutor Rosidah Abu Bakar.

The policeman lodged a report after verifying that the statement was uncorroborated, and the Royal Malaysian Police's Cyber Unit tracked down Muhammad Nur Hafiz using data including his mobile phone registration number.

He was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 7.