KUALA LUMPUR: Flamboyant ex-television host Azwan Ali was slapped with a RM17,000 fine by the Sessions Court here today for uploading a post online deemed offensive to frontliners battling the Covid-19 outbreak.
He pleaded guilty to uploading a video on his You Tube channel “DivaAATersohor” on March 24.
Judge Azura Alwi ordered Azwan, 55, to serve six months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.
Azwan, who was clad in all-black outfit, was charged with uploading the offensive content following a report lodged by the Putrajaya Hospital.
He was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a maximum RM50,000 fine or one year’s jail, or both, if convicted.
He could also be fined RM1,000 for each day the post remains online after the conviction.
It was reported that a Putrajaya Hospital employee lodged a police report over two viral videos – one by Azwan – deemed to be damaging to the image of the hospital and the credibility of its medical staff in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, hospital director Datuk Dr Nora’i Mohd Said said that the videos caused emotional distress to frontliners who had to sacrifice their time with family in discharging their duties.
Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced, Azwan has been posting videos condemning those who do not observe the restriction.
His targets have mainly been those who fail to adhere to the stay-at-home order, as well as attendees of the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering who did not immediately get themselves checked for the viral infection.