GEORGE TOWN - A 28-year-old drug addict was sentenced to 10 years' jail and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan for drug possession.
"I hope in this period of time, and at a young age, you will reflect upon your mistake and learn from it," said High Court Justice Zamani Abdul Rahim to Harudin Haron.
"Ask for forgiveness from God and don't repeat this action again," he told Harudin who had earlier admitted to an alternative charge of drug possession.
Citing a news report in The Star, Zamani advised Harudin to follow in the footsteps of lawyer Darren Tan, 35, who had learned from his mistakes.
The article reported that Tan, whose drugs and gang activities led to over 10 years behind bars and 19 strokes of the cane, turned into a full-fledged lawyer after he was called to the Bar during a mass ceremony at Nanyang Technological University.
Harudin pleaded guilty to possessing 54.41gm of methamphetamine at a house in Teluk Bahang at about 2pm on April 5, last year.
The offence under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 is punishable under Section 39A (2) of the same Act, which carries a jail term of not less than five years and 10 strokes of the rotan upon conviction.
DPP Amir Hamzah Othman urged the court to mete out an appropriate sentence, citing public interest.
Justice Zamani ordered Harudin to serve his jail sentence from his date of arrest on April 5, last year.