GOOD FRIENDS GUAN ENG COMFORTS MAT SABU IN HIS HOUR OF NEED: ‘IT’S NOT EASY BEING A FATHER’

MOHAMAD Sabu’s family should be given time and space to deal with the arrest of one the sons in a drug raid, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, reported New Straits Times.

The daily said the DAP secretary-general sympathised with Mohamad, but praised the defence minister for being upfront with media on the matter.

Lim said the law should be allowed to take its course.

“I just want to voice my support for my friend, Mohamad. I sympathise with him. I want him to know that we are with him now.

“I hope he will be strong in facing this latest challenge. He should be given due respect.

“As a father, I know that it is not easy being a father. While it may be difficult being a minister, it is even more difficult being a father,” he was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, and Lim are said to have a close personal friendship dating back to their days as Internal Security Act detainees in the 1980s.

Last night, Mohamad said he would leave his son’s case to the authorities.

He said he was informed of the arrest by the police.

“Following the arrest, my family and me will leave it to the authorities to take action in accordance to the law.

“My son is the same as anyone else’s child and is subjected to the same legal processes,” he said in a short statement.

It was earlier reported that Saiful Islam Mohamad was arrested outside an entertainment outlet in Jalan Ampang about 12.30am after testing positive for marijuana.

The 31-year-old is being investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act for the consumption of drugs. The offence carries a fine of up to RM5,000 or two years’ jail upon conviction.

No more comments on my son, says Mat Sabu

DEFENCE Minister Mohamad Sabu will leave it to the police to handle his son’s case and does not want to comment on the matter any more.

Speaking to reporters in Alor Star today, Mohamad, popularly know as Mat Sabu, said he has nothing new to say about his son, Ahmad Saiful Islam, who was arrested in a drug raid yesterday.

“There will be no further statements apart from my written statement,” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times today.

Mohamad said his statement issued last night on the matter should suffice.

Last night, Mohamad said he would leave his son’s case to the authorities as he is subjected to the same laws as everybody else.

“Following the arrest, my family and me will leave it to the authorities to take action in accordance to the law.

“My son is the same as anyone else’s child and is subjected to the same legal processes,” he said in a short statement.

Saiful Islam was arrested outside an entertainment outlet in Jalan Ampang about 12.30am after testing positive for marijuana.

The 31-year-old is being investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act for the consumption of drugs, and the offence carries a fine of up to RM5,000 or two years’ jail upon conviction.

Earlier today, Mat Sabu visited the family of fallen firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who died last month due to injuries sustained during a riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

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