The son of Malaysia’s defence minister Mohamad Sabu (Mat Sabu) has been arrested by police in an anti-vice raid early Saturday (Dec 5).
Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad, 31, was among two men out of 101 people nabbed, who reportedly tested positive for cannabis during a combined police operation along Jalan Ampang area involving officers from the Narcotics, Secret Society, Gaming and Vice Division.
Sinar Harian reported that Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob had confirmed the incident as well.
In a statement to FMT, Mat Sabu said: “We are going through the most difficult period of our lives. 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.”
In a separate statement, Mat Sabu said: “My son, like the sons of others, is also subjected to due legal process.”
Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guang Eng weighed in on the arrest, The Star reports:
“I extend my support and commend his openness in addressing the matter.
“Everyone is subjected to the same laws, I just want to show my support as a father,” he said.
Lim also urged that Mohamad Sabu’s family be given space.
“I understand this as my family and children have been targeted before.
“My son was also once accused of groping a schoolmate. That was proven to be fake,” he said during a press conference at the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce here on Sunday (Jan 6).
Lim said in this instance, the matter would be best left to the authorities to act in accordance with the law.
The case is being investigated under Section 15(1)(A) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, for drug abuse.