The youth (right) is escorted by police officers at the Selayang magistrate’s court on January 13, 2022. - BERNAMA PIC
The youth (right) is escorted by police officers at the Selayang magistrate’s court on January 13, 2022. - BERNAMA PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: The teenager who went viral online when a video of him being bathed like a "corpse" for attempting to steal from a mosque was uploaded on social media was found positive for syabu abuse.

National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada) director-general Sutekno Ahmad Belon in a statement today said a urine test conducted on the 19-year-old came back positive for syabu.

"Following an issue concerning a teenager allegedly involved in drug problems after being arrested for trying to steal a donation box at a mosque in Rawang, Selangor on Jan 8, Nada is ready to help treat anyone facing drug or substance addiction.

"The police investigation results found that the 19-year-old acted to steal money from the mosque allegedly to buy drugs and gamble online," it said.

Sutekno added that relevant agencies should be mobilised to ensure the social and economic problems faced by teenagers can be resolved immediately so they will not recur.

"Thus, it requires holistic action from all authorities. Accordingly, in order to achieve the goal of Control of Drugs 2025, Nada advises the public not to engage in any activities related to the processing; supply; smuggling; sale and addiction of drugs.

"If you or someone you know is involved in drugs, please seek advice from a Nada AADK rehabilitation officer, come to the nearest Nada office or call the Nada Hotline at 03-89112233 or 019-6262233.

Treatment and rehabilitation services are provided through the facility either through the Narcotics Addiction Rehabilitation Centre (Puspen), services in the district, Nada service centres and community homes.

On Jan 10, a video that was circulated on social media saw a male teenager being put through the "mandi jenazah" (bathing of remains) rite performed as a funerary by Muslims, by mosque committee members.

The "punishment" was meted out because the teen had attempted to steal a donation box from the mosque.

Yesterday, the Selayang magistrate's court sentenced the 19-year-old to 10 days in jail and a RM4,000 fine after he pleaded guilty.