Women who removed their clothes and hijabs at a comedy club were fined RM8,000

Women who removed their clothes and hijabs at a comedy club were fined RM8,000

Woman in Crackhouse fiasco pleads guilty to alternative charge

Siti Nuramira Abdullah ordered to pay fine of RM8,000 to avoid jail term of four months

Siti Nuramira Abdullah’s original charge is for causing disunity, ill will, or hatred on the grounds of religion.

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman who removed her baju kurung and hijab while performing at a comedy club was fined RM8,000 by the Sessions Court here on Monday, on charges of causing disharmony among Muslims, in June last year.
Siti Nuramira Abdullah, 27, was given the sentence after changing her plea to guilty on an optional charge, during the trial of the case before Judge N Priscilla Hemamalini.
The court ordered the woman to be imprisoned for four months, if she failed to pay the fine.

According to the optional charges, she was charged with intentionally hurting the feelings of other religions by mentioning that she was a Muslim, having memorized 15 juzuk al-Quran and then removing her hijab and removing her baju kurung.
The offense was committed during a performance on stage, at the Crack House Comedy Club Restaurant, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, here, at 6pm, 4 June 2022.

The charge is made under Section 298 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to one year or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

The prosecution in this case was handled by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Abdul Malik Ayob while the accused was represented by lawyer, R Sivaraj.

During the proceedings, Abdul Malik said, Siti Nuramira had filed a representation regarding this case on March 16 and it had been accepted by the Attorney General’s Department (AGC).

“Therefore the prosecution offered optional charges under Section 298 of the Penal Code against the accused,” he said.

As soon as he changed his plea to guilty, the prosecution asked the court to impose a commensurate sentence considering the offense had attracted public attention.

Although the punishment under the section is lighter, he said, it does not mean that the accused’s offense is not serious.

Sivaraj then pleaded for his client to be given a light sentence in the form of a fine. According to him, Siti Nuramira just got married four months ago and just wants a peaceful life.

“She has not been active on social media for a long time because she does not want to cause controversy.

“My client also regrets the act and apologizes to all parties involved,” he said.

On March 22, the court warned that the trial involving Siti Nuramira could be conducted at her home or hospital if she still did not appear in court.

The court issued the warning when the defense team informed that Siti Nuramira was again not present at the proceedings.

The day before, the trial of the case was adjourned after the accused was given pain due to stomach ache.

On July 13 last year, Siti Nuramira pleaded not guilty to the charge and the charge was made in accordance with Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code which provides for a prison sentence of between two to five years, if convicted.

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