Tanker officer jailed a day for shoplifting

BALIK PULAU, Malaysia - A chief officer of an oil tanker was jailed for a day and fined RM1,500 (S$493.13) for shoplifting at a mall in Bayan Lepas.

Rajendran, 33, from Gugai, Tamil Nadu, southern India, pleaded guilty to stealing two boxes of toys worth RM238.80 from the mall at about 2.30pm on Monday.

The offence under Section 380 of the Penal Code carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years and a possible fine.

Defence counsel R.S.N. Rayer said the accused was an officer on the oil tanker berthed at Penang Port.

"He is remorseful and being locked up for a night is an experience which will scar him for life.

"He will never forget the embarrassment and this will serve as a lesson to him," he said.

DPP Shafiq Mahadi prosecuted.

The case was heard before magistrate Nurul Rasyidah Mohd Akit.