Malaysian singer and composer, Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman, is facing the death penalty after being charged at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court on charges of distributing cannabis at his home.
Based on a report by Astro Awani, Yasin was charged with distributing cannabis weighing approximately 214 grams in a condominium unit in Kota Damansara at 5:30pm on 24 March.
The prosecution was made in accordance with Section 39(B)(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and is punishable in accordance with Section 39B(2) of the same act, which provides for a life imprisonment or hanging to death. If he is given the option of life in jail, he will also face a maximum of 15 lashes, if convicted.
On another note, he also faced charges in the Sessions Court for allegedly growing 17 cannabis plants kept in plastic pots filled with red soil at his condominium unit.
For both proceedings, he has not been allowed bail.
YB, Yasin sends his regards
When arriving at the Petaling Jaya Court Complex to be charged, Yasin also requested media personnel present at the scene to pass a message along to Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) President and Muar MP, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Utusan reported that the singer, who was in a relaxed and calm state, shared,
“Send my regards to YB Syed Saddiq, ask him to quickly expedite the approval of cannabis for medicine in Parliament.”
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