Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – A former state chief minister on Monday was charged with sedition for allegedly posting on his Facebook page a false news report that a Malaysian prince had converted to Christianity, a government prosecutor said
Former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, according to prosecutor Mohamad Dusuki Mokhtar.
The case stemmed from an alleged post on the defendant’s Facebook page that Selangor crown prince Sharafuddin Idris Shah converted to Catholicism, he said.
The case was filed despite the three public apologies made by Rahim.
“With regards to my postings on Twitter and Facebook on the matter of … Raja Muda Selangor converting to Catholicism, I admit this was from an unsubstantiated website,” Rahim said on his Facebook page.
“I sincerely apologize for any inconveniences and distress it may have caused … Raja Muda Selangor,” he added.
Sedition carries a maximum penalty 20 years imprisonment upon conviction.
Shah Alam Sessions Court set bail at 7,000 ringgit (1,500 dollars).