Myanmar refugee pays price for carrying sword in public


KUALA LUMPUR: A Myanmar garbage collector paid the price today for illegally carrying a samurai sword in public.

Omar Kassim Mohd Jalal, 30, who holds a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) card received five years’ imprisonment from Ampang Sessions Court judge Azrul Darus for possession of the sword at Jalan Bunga Raya, Pandan Indah here, at 4.50pm on Oct 17.

According to the facts of the case presented by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Zuhaini Mahamad Amin, police conducting a special patrol at the Ketua Polis Negara housing area in Jalan Bunga Raya intercepted the man who they said was behaving suspiciously while riding a motorcycle.

An inspection found a sheathed 0.4-metre long samurai sword inside the basket of the Myanmar national’s motorcycle.

Omar who was unrepresented said in mitigation that he was the main breadwinner of his family and had a two-week old child.