KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Bersatu wants police to act against state PKR Youth chief Raymond Ahuar for allegedly claiming that a mother was selling her children due to financial constraints following the lockdown.
Sabah Bersatu Armada vice-chairman Rafie Robert said that it was clear, from the police clarification on the case, that the matter was about drug-related arrests and had nothing to do with a mother selling her children due lockdown hardships.
He alleged that the PKR leader was manipulating the rescue of children from drug-addicted parents for political purposes.
Rafie claimed the PKR leader was trying to gain political mileage from the arrests where police detained the drug-addicted parents and rescued their three children in the interior Keningau district on May 22.
Following the claims by Ahuar two days ago, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali denied the claim and explained that there was no case of selling the children.
He clarified that it was a drug-related arrest with the children handed over to the Welfare Department.
Ahuar had claimed that the couple's eldest child was rescued by Malaysian police at the Sabah-Kalimantan border where the mother was purportedly waiting for a buyer to sell the eldest of three children.
"It is clear from the police denial that the the case has nothing to do with human trafficking.
"The PKR Youth leader is making unsubstantiated allegations against the government," Rafie said.
Keningau police also explained that initially, the husband had been detained for a drug offence.
After the arrest, the mother and the three children with her were handed over to the Welfare Department, police said, adding that a fourth child, aged seven, was also handed over to the department the next day.
However, on June 11, police detained the woman after tests found her positive for consuming methamphetamine.
Police said that the woman had also sought money from the public to pay for her husband's bail, prior to her arrest.
Rafie said Ahuar's claims were clearly not true with regard to the case and could create unease among the people.