Malaysian singer and composer, Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman is facing a possible death sentence after being charged at Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court with trafficking cannabis at his home.
According to Astro Awani, Yasin was charged for distributing cannabis weighing approximately 214 grams in a condominium unit in Kota Damansara at 5:30 pm on 24 March.
Yasin was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and is punishable under Section 39B (2) of the same Act, which provides either a death penalty or life imprisonment, and up to 15 strokes of the rotan, upon conviction.
Other than that, he is also facing charges in the Sessions Court for cultivated 17 cannabis plants kept in plastic pots filled with red soil at his condominium unit.
The court did not allow Yasin bail for both charges and the case has been set to re-mention on 18 May.
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Yasin sends his regards to Muar MP
When arriving at the Petaling Jaya Court Complex to be charged, he requested media personnel to be present at the scene so he could pass a message to Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) President and Muar MP, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
“Assalamualaikum. Send my regard to YB Syed Saddiq. Ask him to expedite the approval,” he said before entering the courtroom.
It is believed that Yasin was referring to Syed Saddiq’s call for the Parliament to legalise marijuana and hemp for medical purposes in September 2021.
He was arrested for possessing the dried leaves and plants that were believed to be worth RM10,200. However, the police investigation found that it was for personal use.
It was also reported that Yasin had a history of drug and mental issues and he uses social media to learn how to grow the plants.