An Australian man arrested in Malaysia last week has been tentatively charged with drug use and trafficking, which attracts a mandatory death penalty.
Dominic Bird, formerly from Perth, was arrested allegedly selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer in Kuala Lumpur last week.
A Malaysian Narcotics Bureau spokesman says Bird was charged under Section 39 B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
The charges remain tentative because police are still awaiting the results of chemical tests on the substance that Bird is alleged to have been carrying.
The purity and weight of any drugs found will have significance because amounts over 50 grams attract a mandatory death penalty.
Bird briefly faced a magistrate on Friday morning and will face court again on May 21.
No bail will be allowed.