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Police confirm arrest of assemblyman at drug party

Adhif Syan Abdullah

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 13, 2020: Police have confirmed arresting Dengkil assemblyman Adhif Syan Abdullah and several others in a raid of what was believed to be a drug party in Puchong yesterday morning.

Among those arrested were an officer of the Youth and Sports Ministry and a sports equipment dealer.

According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, 17 individuals were arrested at the condominium. The raid followed complaints from nearby residents of loud noises.

While Hamid declined to name Adhif Syan, an earlier statement by the Home Ministry confirmed the assemblyman, who is also Selangor Pribumi Bersatu Youth chief, as being among those arrested.

“Sixteen of them — all Malaysians– were tested positive for drugs. They were high and the music was blaring when the raid was done. I will not name them though as the matter is still under investigation.

“We have recorded all of their statements and they were released today on police bail,” said Hamid at a press conference at the national police headquarters Bukit Aman.

Police also found a packet of powdered ketamine weighing about 0.5 gram, a plate of ketamine weighing 0.3 gram, a rolled-up spliff cigarette believed to contain cannabis or ganja and several gambling chips.

A report on the arrest of Adhif Syan and the officer from Youth and Sports Ministry made headlines earlier today, followed by a confirmation by Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman that the officer had been suspended pending investigations.

Adhif Syan however kept on insisting that he was arrested, claiming that he was at home when the raid happened, while contradictorily adding that “he was at the wrong place at the wrong time”.

On another matter, Hamid confirmed police have received the nine wiretapped recordings implicating former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that were publicised by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last week.

Latheefa had last Wednesday, while exposing the recordings, accused Najib and his wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor of being in cahoots with several high-ranking officers to cover-up the 1MDB controversy.

Additional reporting by Shaira Nur Idris.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.