SHAH ALAM – Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik today pleaded not guilty to a sedition charge over his Facebook posting on the religious status of Selangor Crown Prince Tengku Amir Shah.
Abdul Rahim was charged under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act at the Shah Alam Sessions Court this morning.
He also pleaded not guilty to another charge under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998. He was later granted bail at RM7,000 with one surety.
Rahim had via a Facebook posting on Sept 25 claimed that Tengku Amir had converted to Catholicism. His claim was subsequently slammed by the Selangor Council of the Royal Court, which said Rahimâ€™s statement â€œreeked of sedition and slanderâ€ and could arouse hatred of Muslims towards both the Raja Muda and the Sultan of Selangor.
The council had said it was perturbed that Rahim did not take any steps to verify the truth behind the postings made in other portals before presenting his comments and opinions.
â€œIt would have been easy for him to check the truth of the information if he had a sense of responsibility,â€ said the council in a statement on Sept 30.
Several police reports were subsequently lodged against Rahim over his claims.
Rahim later admitted that the source of his claim came from an unsubstantiated website, and issued three apologies in the period of four days over the issue. – NST