The KL 'cakoi' seller had a gun. Now he's staring at the death sentence.
Published on: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: By day, he was selling the fried pastry cakoi or yau char kwai, which translates into oil-fried devil. At other times, he was far more sinister – he had a gun in his house. He is now staring at the death sentence.

Yau char kwai trader Kow Peng Han, 39, pleaded guilty in the Ampang sessions court here today to three counts of unlawful possession of firearms, including a pistol, bullets and a machete, two weeks ago.

He admitted his guilt after the charge was read out to him in Mandarin before Judge Norhazani Hamzah, who then set Jan 27 for sentencing.

On the first and second count, Kow was charged with unlawful possession of 10 rounds of 9mm Luger PMC ammunition and a SIG Sauer P224 pistol at the junction of Jalan Perdana 2/3A, Pandan Perdana here at 10.45am last Jan 1.

Both the charges, framed under Section 8 (a) of the Arms Act 1960, provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, or maximum of RM10,000 fine, or both, if found guilty.

He was also charged under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958 with possession of an offensive weapon, in the form of a machete, at a public place, at the same place and time.

Deputy public prosecutor Norhashimah Hashim prosecuted, while Kow was unrepresented.

In the Ampang magistrates’ court, Kow was charged with trafficking in 225.8gm of methylenedioxymethamphetamine or Ecstasy at an apartment in Pandan Perdana here at 9am last Jan 1.

The charge, under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, provides the death sentence or life imprisonment and not less than 15 strokes of the rotan, upon conviction.

He was also charged with possession of a similar drug, weighing 5.5gm and 3.6gm at the same location and at the same time under Section 12 (2) of the same law.

No plea was recorded from Kow on the drug charges. Magistrate Farah Nasihah Annuar set March 25 for mention.


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