In a report by Malay Mail, Bandar Tun Razak Umno division chief Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar was arrested for drug abuse during an entertainment outlet raid on Monday, a police source revealed today.
He was detained after he tested positive for methamphetamine, or popularly known as syabu, during the early morning raid.
“He has no previous criminal record and no drugs were seized from him,” the source clarified to Malay Mail. The Umno division chief, who is also a state party secretary, was arrested with 10 others, including two women, at an entertainment outlet along Jalan Imbi at 2am on Monday.
The entire group tested positive for drugs.
At a press conference held yesterday where he confirmed he was the Umno leader who was arrested, Rizalman claimed he was entrapped by political rivals.
“I am not sure who did it, but I believe it was done to jeopardise my candidacy of contesting in Bandar Tun Razak and tarnish my name. I also vehemently deny any wrongdoing as claimed in reports, and all I can say is I have been entrapped because I do not take drugs,” he said at the Bandar Tun Razak Umno division office.
Rizalman also was confused at to why his urine test results was positive. He stated that he abstained from alcohol as he only drank coffee and soft drinks. He continued by justifying that he did not hallucinate and was normal throughout the process of arrest.
Rizalman said it was unfair for the public to prejudge him as he was innocent until proven guilty.
“As an Umno party member, I am ready to accept any possibilities as I understand the disappointment showed by the party’s deputy president following the incident.”
“I also urge that Umno and Barisan Nasional be left out of this because this is a personal matter. Please don’t let this small matter compromise my consistent efforts and contributions for the past 14 years in helping the people of Bandar Tun Razak,” he said.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi came out yesterday and said that the party leadership will decide the fate of the politician and described the incident as unfortunate.
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