BATU PAHAT: A graphic designer was sentenced by the Sessions Court to four months’ imprisonment for making an obscene gesture at Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
The accused, Md Aris Husin, 40, who was first charged on Dec 22 last year, changed his plea to guilty during proceedings on the first day of the trial.
He is accused of insulting Sultan Ibrahim by showing a vulgar sign using his middle finger at KM95 of the North-South Expressway at about 11.20am on Dec 20 last year.
He was charged under Section 509 of the Penal Code for a word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person, which carries a maximum jail of five years or a fine or both.
Md Aris was driving a Perodua Viva when he rolled down his window and showed the obscene gesture to Sultan Ibrahim, who overtook him, in a motorcade on the expressway.
In a statement read out by Md Aris’ lawyer Mohd Hezri Shaharil in court, the accused pleaded for forgiveness from Sultan Ibrahim.
“I beg for forgiveness for my action that has hurt Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim and the people of Johor in general.
“I have truly repented and I am ready to accept the punishment for my action. With this, I humbly seek forgiveness from Tuanku and promise not to repeat it,” he said.
Judge Azuar Che Yusof then sentenced Md Aris to a four-month jail term.
Johor prosecution unit head Saiful Edris Zainuddin and deputy public prosecutor Mustaqim Sukarno prosecuted.