Hady Mirza's drug arrest: Former Singapore Idol sent to rehab for offences involving marijuana

Singaporeans were shocked when news broke earlier this week that former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza, 38, had been arrested for suspected drug offences.

The New Paper (TNP) reported on Tuesday (July 31) that the 38-year-old, whose real name is Muhammad Mirzahady Amir, had been spotted in the Changi Prison complex about a month back.

Initially, the exact circumstances of his arrest were unclear but according to a TNP report on Thursday (Aug 2), Hady is understood to have been caught at a land immigration checkpoint for offences involving the drug marijuana, and was later sent to the Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) in the Changi Prison complex.

News of Hady's arrest came as a shock to his relatives as well.

One female relative said that only Hady's mother and wife were aware that he had been arrested and that they did not inform anyone else in the family.

"When we called his mother, she told us that it was true, and reassured us that he was fine and would come out okay," she said.

Hady's mother, Madam Mardiana, told relatives she did not want to speak to the media.

It is understood that she is living in Johor Baru, Malaysia with Hady's 25-year-old Malaysian wife, Ms Nurjannah Nur Wahid.

Neither of them have plans to come to Singapore.

Hady had been travelling to and fro between Singapore and Johor Baru before his arrest.

When TNP visited his condominium unit in Sengkang on Tuesday, it appeared that no one was there.

Hady was first featured in the media after winning the second season of Singapore Idol in 2006.

He later became the first Asian Idol in 2007.

Throughout his singing career, Hady released two albums in 2006 and 2009, with the first gaining platinum status. 

He appeared to take a break from singing and co-founded a local group FRHM Youth, an organisation that promotes Muslim education and way of life among youths in 2013. However, he was struck off as the organisation's director in 2014 after choosing to focus on his busines.

He started a home-based chilli tempeh snack business under the name Tempting Trading in 2016.

Hady was revealed to be working as Grab driver in January this year when a netizen who had booked a JustGrab ride took a screen grab of his driver's profile which showed his photo and real name.

It was previously reported that those caught for drug consumption are sent to DRC for treatment and rehabilitation.

DRC inmates can be detained for up to three years and will not have a criminal record when they are released.