Man Smiles And Shouts 'Yes' After Being Sentenced To Jail For Insulting The Agong Again

It was Sharil Mohd Sarif's second time insulting the Agong.

Cover image via Sinar Harian & Harian Metro

After spending two months in jail for insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong, a man has been thrown back in jail again for the same offence

37-year-old Sharil Mohd Sarif was sentenced to two months' jail in April 2019 for posting offensive remarks against the monarch on Facebook.

In his latest offence on 1 March, he took to Instagram under the handle @s.sharilbinmohd and made insulting remarks directed at the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong with the intent of offending others, reported New Straits Times.

Image via Harian Metro

The remarks were made during a live video on Istana Negara's official Instagram page, which saw the swearing-in ceremony of the eighth Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

The offence falls under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a sentence up to one year's jail, a fine up to RM50,000, or both.

Sharil, who was a factory worker, pleaded guilty to two counts of the same charge.

Sessions Court judge MM Edwin Paramjothy sentenced him to 10 months' jail and ordered the terms to run concurrently, reported The Star.

Public Prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal asked for a heavier punishment, contending that Sharil's comments "had provoked rage and dissatisfaction from the public who were viewing". 

When Edwin meted out the sentence, Sharil smiled and shouted 'yes' - casting doubt on the soundness of his mental health

"I have observed his demeanour. The prosecution had given him a chance to prove his mental condition, but until now, there is no proof to his claims," said the Judge.

Sharil was unrepresented. In mitigation, he claimed that he was mentally unwell and pleaded for a fine.

Policemen ushered him out of the courtroom after he was heard shouting.

On 1 March, a man was arrested for hurling profanities at the Agong following the swearing-in of Muhyiddin Yassin as the eighth Prime Minister:

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