Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu is now in a precarious position after confirming to reports yesterday (Jan 5) that his son was arrested in an entertainment club.
Words spread like wildfire after the raid carried out by Dang Wangi police district headquarters found a minister’s son was tested positive for marijuana.
Its Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism unit (D7) raided the outlet in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, at 3am and combed over 101 individuals.
Mat Sabu’s son, Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad, 31, was arrested along with his 33-year old friend where both were subjected to urine tests and tested positive for the drug, Malay Mail reported.
Mat Sabu took to Facebook to admit that his son was the person in question. He wrote, “Following the arrest, my family and I leave this fully to the authorities to act based on the provided legal process.
“My son is the same as the sons of others, who are subject to the country’s legal process,” wrote the Amanah party president.
When reporters asked Mat Sabu to comment on his son’s arrest during a press conference today (Jan 6), he refused to divulge.
“There will be no further statements apart from my written statement,” NST quoted him as saying.
Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaakob confirmed that Ahmad Saiful was released at 6pm yesterday. The case is being investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. If convicted, Ahmad Saiful could face a RM5,000 fine or imprison for no more than two years.
When FMT reporters met Mat Sabu in the police station where his son was detained yesterday, he said his family is going through “the most difficult period of our life”.
“We never thought this would happen. As a father, I too want to know the truth.
“I am committed to the principle that no one is above the law. But I also hold dearly to the principle that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty in a court of law,” he said.
He related that he and his wife are going through “so much pain” upon knowing Ahmad Saiful’s alleged offence. The married couple felt powerless to control the speculation of how they “failed as a parent”.
“But if he had indeed committed an offence, then I am all for the law to take its course.”