JOHOR BARU April 29 2020: PKR’s Kuantan member of parliament Fuziah Salleh has pleaded not guilty to a charge of spreading fake news via her Facebook page.
The former deputy minister nodded and pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to her in front of Magistrate R. Salini.
Fuziah is accused of committing the offence at Jalan Tasek Utara Kuarters, Taman Imigresen at about 10pm on April 9 when she allegedly released a statement on a Facebook account under the name “Fuziah Salleh” with the link https://www.facebook.com/YBFuziahSalleh that could cause fear or alarm to the public.
If found guilty of the offence under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, she faces a maximum of two years in jail, a fine or both.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy prosecution officer Nor Azizah Mohamad while Fuziah was represented by Hassan Abdul Karim and John Fernandez.
Nor Azizah had requested bail to be set at RM10,000, but the court fixed it at RM3,000 with one surety and set June 16 for the case’s re-mention.
Police had started investigation of the case on April 10 after being alerted of a video uploaded by a Facebook user with the name Fuziah Salleh.
The video claimed that there was a flood of Malaysians at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex here after they left Singapore due to the surge of Covid-19 outbreak there.
The Johor Immigration Department has denied the incident and lodged a report on the matter.