Raja Petra’s son warded after swallowing razor blade

(Bernama/Malaysiakini) – Raja Azman Raja Petra, a son of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, who was recently jailed for theft has been warded after he was believed to have swallowed a razor blade.

Gombak police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the 34-year-old Raja Azman was spotted in a weak condition in his cell at the Sungai Buloh Prison by a warder while making his rounds on Tuesday evening.

Abdul Rahim said Raja Azman, who also had slashes on his wrist, was immediately rushed to the Sungai Buloh Hospital and was reported to be in a stable condition.

In his blog, Raja Petra claimed that his son inflicted the injuries as he could no longer take the physical and mental torture he was subjected to by the prison authorities.

Rahim, however, refused to comment on the allegation.

“Investigations are still at the early stages. Give us time,” he said when contacted.

Raja Azman, the second child of Raja Petra, had last year pleaded guilty at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court to four counts of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

He was accused of stealing a Nokia mobile phone, a Seiko watch, and a bunch of motorcycle keys, all worth about RM3,850, belonging to student Saipul Adli Mohamad Yunus, 21, at No 16, Jalan Sastera, U2/1K, Section U2, Shah Alam, at about 10am on April 24.

He was also accused of stealing a Yamaha 135 LC motorcycle worth about RM6,000 from student Ahmad Firdaus Jalaludin, 23, at the same location and time. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bernama and Malaysiakini reports above are inaccurate. Raja Azman pleaded guilty to the charges after he was beaten up in the police station and was forced to plead guilty. He later told the court he was beaten up to force him to plead guilty.

He then withdrew his guilty plea and pleaded NOT guilty

Raja Azman has also not been jailed as the reports say. He is under remand in the Sungai Buloh Prison while awaiting trial because he did not apply for bail.

Both the Bernama and Malaysiakini reports are incorrect.

Furthermore, Raja Azman was admitted into the psychiatric ward after going berserk during a beating session and was later transferred to solitary confinement.

On 6 February 2010 he was again subjected to a beating and then transferred to a punishment cell meant for one. However, Raja Azman was made to share this cell with five other prisoners.

While in this punishment cell, Raja Azman was given the razor blade, which he used to slash his wrist and then he swallowed the razor blade.

This is to correct the errors and omissions in the Bernama and Malaysiakini reports, which we believe was done with malicious intent.