KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli chuckled today when asked about a toothpaste parcel that supposedly contained cannabis — an illegal drug — from an anonymous sender.
“I just think it's a waste,” he joked at a press conference held in the Parliament building here.
“Because I don't take weed,” the Pandan MP added.
Police seized a parcel containing a tube of toothpaste yesterday, which they suspected to contain cannabis extract.
The parcel was addressed to two politicians whose identities were not revealed.
Rafizi confirmed the parcel was addressed to him and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He was nonchalant when asked to speculate why the toothpaste was sent to them.
“I don't know but the parcel was addressed to me and the prime minister,” he said.
“Because I don't take weed so we just give it to the police lah.”
Sepang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof said in a statement yesterday that an officer working in the inquiry office of a ministry had lodged a police report regarding the parcel after receiving a call from a delivery service.
According to Wan Kamarul, on March 10 at approximately 6.30pm, two police officers together with the complainant had gone to a delivery centre in Sepang where the parcel was confiscated.
The tube of the toothpaste was labelled “Happy Green” with patterns of marijuana leaves in green and white.
The police found that the item was bought through an online shopping platform under an address in Indonesia.