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A four-wheel-drive vehicle bearing pictures of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, spotted during the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election campaign on May 4, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/FADHLI SHAARI

Court dismisses guilty plea by man who displayed king’s picture at by-election

SHAH ALAM, May 23 — The High Court here today dismissed a guilty plea by an unemployed man charged with displaying a picture of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, during the recent Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election campaign.

Judicial Commissioner Dr Wendy Ooi Su Ghee decided the matter after allowing a review application by P. Ramasamy, 66, against his guilty plea when charged with the offence at the Kuala Kubu Baharu Magistrate’s Court.

She dismissed Ramasamy’s guilty plea on the grounds that he did not understand the effect of his action (pleading guilty) based on his mitigation after.

“The applicant pleaded guilty without qualifications. This can be seen from his mitigation where he repeatedly addressed the court (saying) ‘I don’t know, I have no intention, I have a clean heart’.

“By raising such mitigation, (it) shows the applicant did not appreciate the essential ingredient of the offence charged. It is the court’s findings that the applicant did not understand the nature and the consequences of the charge to which he pleaded guilty.

“Otherwise, he would not have mitigated in that manner,” she said, ordering the case back to the Kuala Kubu Baharu Magistrate’s Court for trial.

At today’s proceedings, deputy public prosecutor Ainul Mardhiyah Mohd Ali appeared for the prosecution, while Ramasamy,  who was not in court, was represented by lawyers L. Pavitra and Harsimranpreet Kaur.

Last May 6, Ramasamy pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to one month in jail and fined RM3,000, in default 10 months imprisonment, for the offence.

Ramasamy, who was then unrepresented, was ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of arrest on May 4.

He was charged with displaying a picture of the Malaysian King and carrying a Pakatan Harapan banner using a four-wheel drive around Taman Bukit Bunga at 5.40pm last May 4.

The charge, framed under Section 4(A)1 of the Election Offences Act 1954 for malicious intent, provides a jail term of not more than five years or a fine of not more than RM10,000 or both.

— Bernama

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