Umno’s Papagomo assaulted me, says Syed Saddiq


PETALING JAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has lodged a police report claiming that he was assaulted and intimidated by Umno blogger Papagomo and other opposition supporters during the nomination process for the Semenyih by-election in Kajang today.

The minister lodged the report at the Sungai Way police station.

“I don’t know what Papagomo’s intention was when he suddenly grabbed the back of my neck really hard when I and my three friends were leaving the nomination centre for the Semenyih by-election,” he told reporters after lodging the report.

Syed Saddiq claimed that Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, also told him to leave the nomination centre.

“He (Papagomo) tried to intimidate me by telling me to stay out and never come back (to the centre).

“I could not do anything and just walked away while being helped by several policemen and PAS’ Unit Amal (Welfare Unit) members who blocked Papagomo and dispersed the opposition supporters,” he said, adding that he then quickly got into his car and left the scene.

Azri is also part of the Umno Youth executive council.

A 22-second video clip showing the minister being surrounded and chased by opposition supporters while he was walking to his car, after the conclusion of the nomination process for the Semenyih by-election, went viral earlier today.

On his Twitter, Syed Saddiq said he did not mind being called derogatory names as he respected the rights of others, “but to the extent of resorting to physical attacks, that’s too much!”

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya police chief Mohd Zani Che Din confirmed receiving the report.

“We received the report at 2.30pm and the case will be handed over to Kajang police for further action,” he added.