Probe in police hands, say Bersatu leaders

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders are leaving it to the police to investigate if there had been any wrongdoing that led to the arrest of Dengkil assemblyman Adhif Syan Abdullah and 16 others, including four persons who work for the party or at ministries headed by Bersatu leaders.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he would not interfere with the investigation in connection with the arrests, adding that he would leave it fully to the police to investigate.

“I will not interfere as the authorities must take action in accordance with the law.

“I would also like to clarify that Pizi Jihat (one of those arrested) works at the Bersatu headquarters and is not my special officer as reported previously,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also said he would leave it to the authorities to take action based on the rule of law.

He said the Youth and Sports Ministry officer who was among those arrested at a private party, will be suspended pending the police investigation.

“I was already informed of the arrest of the officer by the police. Malaysians are subject to the nation’s laws, regardless of rank and status,” he said in a statement yesterday.

It was reported that Adhif, who is also the Selangor Bersatu Youth chief, together with four others identified as “political special officers”, were arrested in a police raid.

The raid saw 17 people arrested in a premises in Puchong.

It is believed that six women were also among those arrested.

Adhif denied he was arrested after testing positive for drugs, reported Sinar Harian.

It is learnt that police initially went to the location after receiving complaints from members of the public of loud noises coming from the building early on Sunday.

Sources said the people at the location were having a private party and police believed that there was drug consumption and illegal gambling at the gathering.

The sources added that 16 of those arrested tested positive for drugs.

Meanwhile, the disciplinary bureau of Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), PKR’s youth wing, views the arrests as a serious matter because a member of the AMK Central Leadership Council was allegedly involved.

Bureau chairman P. Arvindran said in a statement via WhatsApp that while waiting for a statement from the police, he would investigate whether the case involved a violation of the Members’ Code of Ethics, the party constitution or the AMK Regulations.

“The AMK Disciplinary Bureau is always committed to ensuring that all party members are crime-free and are in full compliance with the country’s laws, Constitution and party ethics,” he said.

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