Crime & Courts

High Court quashes conviction and sentence in 'Allah' socks case

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today quashed the conviction and sentence of Chiok Wai Loong who pleaded guilty to posting an insensitive comment on his social media regarding the "Allah" socks issue last month. 

Judge Datuk Ahmad Bache made the ruling after he found that the Sessions Court had failed to record the accused's plea of guilty properly.  

The court also directed the accused to be charged again before a different lower court.  

Chiok was represented by lawyer N. Surendren while deputy public prosecutor Datin Kalmizah Salleh prosecuted the case.  

On March 22, Chiok was sentenced to six months' jail and fined RM12,000 by the Sessions Court after he pleaded guilty to the offence.  

The 34-year-old is accused of initiating the offence through a post on his Facebook account, "Chiok Wai Loong", with the intention to annoy others on March 18. 

The offence falls under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a penalty of up to one year of imprisonment, a fine of up to RM50,000, or both, upon conviction. 

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