PETALING JAYA: A man in Terengganu has been sentenced to six months jail and fined RM500 for flying the Israeli flag in October.
Harma Zulfika Deraman, 30, pleaded guilty after the charge was read to him before magistrate Zur Azureen Zainalkefli at the Marang magistrates’ court, Harian Metro reported.
Harma was charged under the National Emblems (Control of Display) Act 1949 with displaying the Israeli flag in a public place.
He was alleged to have committed the act at a vehicle accessory shop at Kampung Padang Lebam in Bukit Payung on Oct 19.
Section 3(1) of the Act states that “no person shall display in public, or at, or within any school, any national emblem”.
The offence is punishable under Section 8(1)(i) of the same law, which provides for a maximum six months in prison, a fine of up to RM500, or both, upon conviction.
However, Section 5 states that the minister in charge may provide exemptions to the rules in Section 3 for the display of any national emblem through a gazette or written permit.
Malaysia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.
The six-month sentence will commence after Harma completes a five-year prison sentence for a drug offence.
He was sentenced to five years jail and one stroke of the rotan last month for the drug offence.