Car wash worker pleads for leniency


JOHOR BARU: A car wash worker pleaded for leniency at the High Court today, only to be reprimanded by the judge that there is no short cut to earning a fast buck in life.

Omar Salmin, 32, the second of three siblings, was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and 10 strokes of the rotan after he  pleaded guilty to possessing 941g of cannabis which was  found wrapped in a newspaper and put in an orange plastic  bag.

The plastic bag was kept in the storage compartment of his  Yamaha motorcycle.

He committed the offence behind a petrol station in Kota  Masai, Pasir Gudang, about 8.05pm on Jan 26.

When asked by judge Datuk Abd Halim Azman how much  he was expecting to be paid for selling the drugs, Omar said  he was expecting RM2,000.

To this, Abd Halim asked if that amount was worth serving  time in prison.

Omar said he had to take care of his 52-year-old mother  and that his family was facing financial difficulties.

"You should be aware of the consequence of your action  before you break the law,” the judge said.

  "Now you have brought shame upon yourself and your  family, especially your mother, by committing this offence."

  The sentence begins from the date of arrest on Jan 26 last  year.

  Abd Halim also urged Omar to learn a new skill, such as  sewing or carpentry, while serving his sentence.

  Earlier, Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar  Ahmad who prosecuted urged the court to consider the  seriousness and rampancy of drug offences, despite the fact  that Omar was a first-time offender.

  Omar, who earns RM600 a month as a car wash worker,  was represented by counsel Mohd Asram Zakaria.

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