SUNGAI PETANI, Oct 2 – A hotel supervisor pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court, here, Thursday to a charge of making a statement on his social website Facebook page which insulted the mamak (Indian Muslim) community and Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma). A.Rajaretinam, 52, was charged with committing the offence at a restaurant next to the Kottumalai Vinayagar temple in Jalan Persiaran Maybank, Kuala Lumpur at 10.34am on Aug 25, 2014.
He was charged with deliberately issuing the statement which read, “Don’t ever trust mamak and Kimma members. They never claim they Indians or Tamils. They just want hak istimewa (special rights), sanggup jual diri dan bangsa untuk duniawi (willing to sell themselves and their race for worldly things).” Rajaretinam from Ampang, Kuala Lumpur is alleged to have committed the offence under Section 504 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both.
DPP Ahmad Zaki Mohd Daud from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) appeared for the prosecution before judge Ikmal Hishan Mohd Tajuddin, while the accused was represented by counsel Datuk S.Ganeson. Ahmad Zaki offered bail of RM5,000 in one surety but the judge allowed the amount at RM4,000 and fixed Nov 16 for remention of the case. It is learnt that a report was lodged by an individual at the Sungai Petani police station last month against the offending statement and the matter was referred to MCMC.