KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity Azwan Ali was fined RM17,000 by a Sessions Court for uploading a video on YouTube in which he hit out at Putrajaya Hospital over the handling of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The 54-year-old pleaded guilty after the charge was read out before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi here yesterday.
The former TV host apologised in court to all Putrajaya Hospital staff for his video post.
According to the charge sheet, Azwan uploaded the offensive material on his YouTube channel DivaAATersohor.
The viral video was viewed at the office of the Putrajaya Hospital deputy director on March 24.
Azwan was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or one year’s jail or both.
Earlier, DPP Mohd Radzi Shah Ab Razak asked the court to mete out a just sentence as he said Azwan’s actions could paint a disparaging image of the hospital during this challenging time.
She also ordered Azwan to serve six months’ jail if he fails to pay the fine. Azwan paid the fine.
He was represented by lawyer Ammanjeet Singh.
On Tuesday, Putrajaya Hospital made a police report over two viral videos which it said damaged the image of the hospital and the credibility of its medical staff in handling the outbreak.
Hospital director Datuk Dr Nora’i Mohd Said said in a statement that the videos caused emotional distress to the frontliners who had to sacrifice much in carrying out their duties.