KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno division chief who was arrested on Monday over drugs during a raid at a nightspot on Monday has denied he took drugs, claiming this was an act of “political sabotage”.
Although Bandar Tun Razak Umno division chief Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar confirmed he was the Umno leader arrested during the raid, he claimed those seeking to derail his possible selection for the 14th general election may have been behind this incident.
It was reported that he was arrested for alleged drug use at an entertainment outlet here in the early hours of Monday.
“I am not sure who did it, but I believe it was done to jeopardise my candidacy of contesting in Bandar Tun Razak and tarnish my name.
“I also vehemently deny any wrongdoings as claimed in reports,” he said at the press conference at the Bandar Tun Razak Umno division office today.
Rizalman said he went to the entertainment centre for normal leisure activities and assumed the outlet was licensed as it had been operating for almost a decade.
“We abstained from alcohol and only drank coffee and soft drinks, but our urine test results returned positive.
“I did not hallucinate and I was normal during the arrest so I am wondering why my (test result) is positive,” he said.
“I deny that I used drugs or took any substances as reported, if it’s true that my urine tested positive, then I’m sure it is an act of political sabotage.”
He said he was ready to cooperate with the authorities probing him and was ready to resign his political posts if he is convicted.
He said he and ten colleagues were indeed in the entertainment outlet when they were arrested.
“We were there, but we were only drinking coffee and orange juice, we did not take any drugs,” he said adding that he and his colleagues enjoy singing karaoke and that is why they were there.
“I feel trapped because this jeopardises my candidacy as head of the Bandar Tun Razak Umno division.”
According to Malay Mail Online, the Umno division chief, who is also a state party secretary, was arrested with 10 others, including two women, at an entertainment outlet along Jalan Imbi at 2am Tuesday.
The entire group tested positive for drugs.
Rizalman said it was unfair for the public to prejudge him as he was innocent until proven guilty.
“I also urge that Umno and Barisan Nasional be left out of this of this because this is a personal matter.”