PETALING JAYA - Former Slam vocalist Zamani Ibrahim said that the police did not force him to sing when he was detained in lockup on Wednesday, but instead he did it voluntarily for his fans.
A video of the 44-year-old singing while he was detained at the District Police Headquarters (IPD) in Ampang Jaya went viral on social media, showing the former lead singer of the 90s band Slam singing Gerimis Mengundang, one of the band's hit songs, while in handcuffs.
However, Zamani assured that he gladly sang for the police officers after they told him that they were fans of Slam.
"I was not forced to sing, I sang after they told me that they were hardcore Slam fans," Zamani told mStar Online on Saturday.
"They asked me to sing for them and promised that the recording was only for their personal use," he said.
According to earlier media reports, the singer and a female companion were arrested for alleged drug possession during a raid on a house in Taman Keramat, Ampang early Wednesday morning.
The 12.30am raid was conducted by the Ampang district's narcotics division, where authorities found a plastic bag suspected to be filled with heroin weighing about 1.2 grams in a room.
A urine test on the singer tested positive for morphine, while his 32-year-old female friend tested positive for an amphetamine.
Zamani has since been released from remand early Saturday morning and is due to appear at the Ampang Magistrate's Court on Jan 27.
In another development, the two police officers who leaked the video on social media of Zamani singing have been removed from active duty.