SHAH ALAM: A company director was fined RM250 by a magistrate for having “medals or decorations” that are usually granted to police officers for gallantry, service or good conduct.
M. Kuberan, 31, admitted to having the accessories.
The offence was committed at Maju Murni Enterprise, which deals in accessories and tailoring for police personnel, in Jalan Saujana Indah 1 here on Jan 22.
Pleading for leniency yesterday, his lawyer K. Renuka said her client had a permit and was offered a contract to provide laundry and tailoring services for the police force.
“He applied for a permit for the articles.
But, before getting the approval, those items were already available. He has apologised and is very remorseful,” said Renuka.
She asked the court to take into consideration that her client was a first-time offender and had saved the court’s time by recording a guilty plea.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ng Wee Li said the offence was serious, adding that the accused had sold police articles without a licence.
“If the public bought those items, it would affect public order,” she said.
Upon query by magistrate Suryawati Shawal, the DPP said the offence under Section 89(a) of the Police Act carried a maximum fine of RM500 or a jail term of up to six months upon conviction.
Suryawati fined Kuberan RM250 in default 14 days' jail.
Kuberan paid the fine.