TEMERLOH: A restaurant assistant was sentenced to nine years' jail and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan for having cannabis.
Lee Kam Sang, 40, who is also a part-time wireman, was found guilty of possessing 279gm of cannabis.
He was detained on June 29, 2001, following a search in his room at 25, Kampung Baru, Bukit Tinggi in Bentong at 2pm, where police found the drugs stashed in a metal fuse box.
Lee was charged under Section 39A (2) of the Dangerous Drug Act.
His charge was amended from the initial Section 39B after a representation by his counsel, S.S Gill to the Attorney-Generals Chambers.
Lee, upon receiving his sentence from Judicial Commissioner Mohamed Apandi Ali, told the court: Tomorrow, I celebrate my 40th birthday.
In mitigation, he expressed his regret over his actions.