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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.