Jail, fine for abus­ing em­blems

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ISKAN­DAR PUTERI: Those guilty of us­ing the Jo­hor royal em­blems or other royal sym­bols with­out per­mis­sion may face a jail term of up to five years or fine up to RM500,000 un­der the re­cently gazetted Em­blems and Names (Pre­ven­tion of Im­proper Use) En­act­ment 2017.

Jo­hor Health, En­vi­ron­ment, Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ayub Rah­mat said us­ing royal em­blems with­out per­mis­sion would be­come an of­fence when the en­act­ment came into ef­fect from July 1.

He said the en­act­ment, which saw amend­ments be­ing made to a pre­vi­ous­lyen­forced state en­act­ment, would pro­tect the good name of the Jo­hor royal in­sti­tu­tion and end the use of fake royal em­blems.

“Those us­ing fake Jo­hor royal em­blems, ti­tles and ranks could be fined be­tween RM250,000 and RM500,000 or be pun­ish­able by im­pris­on­ment of be­tween one and five years, upon con­vic­tion.

“The en­act­ment pro­vides stricter pun­ish­ments to peo­ple who mis­use state em­blems, ti­tles and awards con­ferred by the sul­tan of Jo­hor, ex­cept in cases where they ob­tained writ­ten con­sent from the ruler.

“It in­cludes us­ing em­blems, ti­tles and awards or even its repli­cas for per­sonal, work-re­lated or com­mer­cial use, in­clud­ing show­cas­ing or past­ing em­blems, ti­tles and awards or its repli­cas on any ve­hi­cle,” Ayub said yes­ter­day.

The en­act­ment was passed at the state assem­bly on March 9 and was gazetted on March 16. A Jo­hor govern­ment cir­cu­lar was later is­sued, which stated that the en­act­ment would take ef­fect on May 2.

Ayub said the state govern­ment gave a 60-day cool­ing off pe­riod un­til July 1 to al­low for in­di­vid­u­als who had been us­ing used the royal em­blems and sym­bols to ob­tain per­mis­sion from the Jo­hor Royal Depart­ment.

Ayub said the same en­act­ment con­tained clauses that made it manda­tory to ob­tain per­mis­sion from the State Sec­re­tary’s Of­fice to use the Jo­hor state coat of arms sym­bol.

Those con­victed of mis­us­ing the state coat of arms could be fined be­tween RM100,000 to RM250,000 or jailed be­tween one to three years.

Ayub said the en­act­ment con­tained pun­ish­ment for peo­ple who use re­voked ti­tles or awards, and at­tended unau­tho­rised in­vesti­ture cer­e­monies or those who pro­duced and were in pos­ses­sion of equip­ment that made un­recog­nised em­blems.

Those con­victed of these of­fences could be fined be­tween RM100,000 and RM250,000 or jailed be­tween one and three years.

Datuk Ayub Rah­mat

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