IT auditor pleads guilty to slamming his ex-boss in website

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source: from The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: An information technology auditor pleaded guilty to posting an abusive and obscene comments against his former superior in his own website two years ago.

Seah Boon Khim, 26, from Setapak, said he had make a mistake by posting the comments in the Internet.

“My best friend is my computer. I put my miserable life in Internet. I seriously do not know what I am typing (then). I could not think properly,” he said in mitigation Monday.

Upon hearing this, Sessions Court judge Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab reminded him that he had to be careful about his mitigation or risk it being rejected on the grounds of a qualified plea of guilt.

While standing near the dock, Seah, who continued by reading out his notes, said that he had made an honest mistake.

“I realise it was a mistake and childish and quickly removed my posting,” he said.

However, he said he was alerted by the Multimedia and Communications Commission later that his former manager had lodged a complaint against him.

“I admitted that I was wrong and gave full co-operation to the commission to (investigate the case),” he said.

Seah said further that it was the first time that he had broken the law and apologised for his actions.

“I hope the court will sympathise with me. Please give me a chance to pay back my (study) loan and build my career,” he said.

According to the facts, in September 2007, the commission had received a complaint from EON Bank Bhd internal audit department chief Ho Kong Chan about a website which had published obscene comments about and thereby affecting his dignity.

The website was registered under the name of a company, e-Lock Corporation.

At the outset, Seah said he felt miserable and sad when he did not get promotion from his employer for two years and did not get a salary increment.

He said he felt victimised when he did not get bonuses that his colleagues enjoyed.

“I could not take it and left the company,” he said adding that he later took RM40,000 loan to pay for his Masters and passed a certificate for internal auditor course.

He was said to have committed the offence through in Jalan Pinang at 1.33pm on Aug 13.

If convicted, he could be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to a year or both under Section 233(1)(a) of the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998.

Prosecuting officer Raja Mohd Iskandar Zulkharnain Raja Abdul Malek pressed for a deterrent sentence saying that Seah’s actions had hurt Ho’ feelings.

The judge convicted Seah in the summons case and set Tuesday for sentencing.

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