A senior citizen sentenced to one month jail, fined RM3, 000 for using Agong’s picture in a campaign


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HULU SELANGOR: A senior citizen who had used the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s picture in a campaign for the Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) by-election last Saturday was sentenced to one month jail and fined RM3, 000 by the KKB Magistrate’s Court here today.

According to Sinar Harian report, P. Ramasamy 66, was convicted after he pleaded guilty over a charge that was read before magistrate Siti Fatimah Talib.

The Court then ordered the accused to be jailed starting on the day he was arrested on 4th May 2024 and if he fails to pay the fine he will be jailed for 10 months.

Ramasamy was charged exhibiting the picture of Yang di-Pertuan Agong on a Mazda car that carried the flag of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

It was with the intention to spread enmity between the different voters in the KKB by-election and to encourage any voter to vote for the candidate from PH party.

The offence was committed in Taman Bukit Nunga, Kuala Kubu Baharu here at 5.40pm, 4th May 2024.

The charge was framed under Section 4a(1) Election Offences Act 1954 that carries a jail sentence up to five years or fine not exceeding RM10,000 or both if found guilty.

During the proceeding, Ramasamy who is self-employed appealed to the court for a lighter sentence as he did know his action was against the law.

“I do not know that it is an offence because I only want to make the by-election’s atmosphere cheerful,” Ramasamy said.

However, the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Asmah Che Wan proposed the court to grant a heavy sentence as a lesson to avoid similar incident from being repeated.

“The case has taken into consideration that theYang di-Pertuan Agong has been insulted and it is a sensitive issue that could raise the anger of the people,” she said.

Last Saturday two men were arrested after a four wheel drive vehicle was found exhibiting the picture of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ibrahim in the KKB by-election campaign.

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