Controversial host Azwan Ali for Diva AA leaves the court after pleading guilty to insulting MOH staff of the Putrajaya Hospital. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020.
Controversial host Azwan Ali for Diva AA leaves the court after pleading guilty to insulting MOH staff of the Putrajaya Hospital. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 27 MARCH 2020.

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The Magistrate Court ordered controversial host, Azwan Ali to pay a RM17,000 fine after he was found guilty for insulting the frontliners of Covid-19, healthcare workers of Ministry of Health (MOH) who were working at the Putrajaya Hospital.

Azwan, also known as Diva AA, pleaded guilty after the charges were read to him before Justice Azura Alwi.

At the same time, he also apologised to all staff of the Putrajaya Hospital, especially the director, doctors and nurses for uploading a video which went viral recently.

He was charged under Section 233 Act (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provided a fine of not exceeding RM50,000 or a maximum imprisonment of 1 year or both upon conviction.

However, Azwan pleaded for a discount on the fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor, Mohd Radzi Shah Abd Razak said, Azwan’s action could create disharmony when the country is facing the Covid-19 during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Therefore, his action must be turned into a lesson for everyone so that they can be united in containing the pandemic.

“The country is in a dire state and we ought to be appreciative, now, if we cannot do what they could, at least, we should make things easier for them.

“In this condition along with the MCO enforced by the government, what happened was a serious breach and if it is repeated, it would give a negative impact,” he told the journalists waiting outside the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex.

Last Tuesday, Azwan uploaded a Youtube video criticising the service at the Putrajaya Hospital.

The hospital then lodged a police report last Tuesday as the controversial celebrity’s action had tarnished the image of the hospital and the credibility of its staff and medical officers handling the Covid-19 cases.

In a statement, the Director of Putrajaya Hospital Datuk Dr Nora’i Mohd Said said that the first video is believed to be owned by a celebrity which had high viewers impact.

The second video was from a Youtube channel, owned by another celebrity supporting the issue reported by the first celebrity.

However, Azman had apologised yesterday through a video post. -MalaysiaGazette

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