Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, has admitted that his son Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad was arrested by authorities today.
“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 fall under the country’s legal process,” he said in a brief statement on his official Facebook page.
It was reported earlier that Saiful tested positive for ganja (cannabis) usage when he was one of 101 individuals caught in a raid at an entertainment centre along Jalan Ampang early this morning.
Saiful, 31, was with his 33-year old friend when Dang Wangi police district headquarters’ Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism unit conducted their raid.
Mat Sabu’s family members are reeling in shock after Saiful was arrested for drug abuse, with the Amanah leader making an emotional plea to the public not to pass judgment on him and his wife, news portal FMT reported.
But the minister said they were powerless to stop the public from speculating about them, including accusing him of “failing as a parent”.
“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,” he was quoted as telling FMT.
He said that he must now put aside his personal interests and allow the law to take its course in dealing with his son’s case.
“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.”
“If he had indeed committed an offence, then I am all for the law to take its course,” said Mat Sabu.
Mat Sabu added that the case involving his son was “yet another challenge” for him to prove that integrity and rule of law would prevail under the PH government.
“We live by the rule of law. My personal ordeal is secondary,” he said.
Earlier report: Jan 5, Mat Sabu’s Son Detained After Testing Positive for Drugs in Vice Raid