IPOH - A trader who pleaded guilty at a magistrate's court in Ipoh to having a fake pistol in his possession told the media that he was a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer.
Lew Soon Aun, 47, happily posed for photographs and flashed the "peace" sign at cameramen while walking to the court on Monday (Jan 29).
"You reporters, write nicely - I am a CID arrested by the CID," he told journalists when leaving the court.
When policemen arrested him on Jan 23, Lew claimed to be a Singaporean policeman.
Lew, who was clad in purple lock-up attire, was charged under Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960 for having a weapon or ammunition without a permit; under Section 36 of the same Act for having a fake pistol in his possession; and under Section 25(1)(a) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 for being unable to produce his identity card.
The accused pleaded guilty to both charges under the Arms Act, but claimed trial to the third charge, telling the court he had shown policemen his Singaporean identification card.
For the first charge under Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960, he faces a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of up to RM10,000 (S$3,400), or both.
For the second charge under Section 36 of the same Act, he could be jailed for not more than one year, fined up to RM5,000, or both.
Under the National Registration Regulations, if he is found guilty, the offence is punishable by up to three years' jail, a fine of up to RM20,000, or both.
Deputy public prosecutor Erna Julieza Maaras asked the court not to offer bail.
However, Lew's lawyer, E.P. Seeralasittan from the National Legal Aid Foundation, requested bail as Lew suffered from hypertension.
Magistrate Siti Salwa Ja'afar set bail at RM10,000 for all three charges with one surety and fixed Feb 19 for mention.