After son’s arrest, Mat Sabu says no one above the law

Mohamad Sabu says his personal ordeal is secondary, saying the rule of law must prevail in the case involving his son who was arrested for drug abuse.

KUALA LUMPUR: Family members of Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu are reeling in shock after his son was arrested for drug abuse last night, with the Amanah leader making an emotional plea to the public not to pass judgment on him and his wife.

“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 told FMT when met at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here, where his son, Ahmad Saiful Islam Mohamad, was being held.

Mohamad said as a minister, 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.”

Saiful Islam, 31, was among two men who reportedly tested positive for ganja (cannabis), during a police operation in Kuala Lumpur which nabbed over 100 people.

The Amanah leader, better known as Mat Sabu, propelled to high office in the wake of the general election last year, after years of political wilderness. He was seen close to Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the height of the election campaign, and his oratory skills were widely credited for winning the hearts of voters in the Malay heartlands to support Pakatan Harapan.

Mat Sabu said his wife was going through “so much pain” after hearing of their son’s arrest.

But he said they were powerless to stop the public from speculating about them, including accusing him of “failing as a parent”.

“But if he had indeed committed an offence, then I am all for the law to take its course,” said Mat Sabu.

In a separate statement, he said: “My son, like the sons of others, is also subjected to due legal process.”

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,” said Mat Sabu.