AG practising double standards in charging Papagomo, claims KJ

Former Umno Youth Khairy Jamaluddin.

PETALING JAYA: Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today accused Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas of practising double standards in charging Umno Youth executive member Papagomo under Section 509 and Section 323 of the Penal Code.

He said in the case of lawyer Siti Kasim, who was charged under the same sections for her actions at a forum two years ago, the Attorney-General’s Chambers had dropped the case last month.

But today, he said, Umno Youth executive committee member Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris (Papagomo) was charged under these same sections.

“The Papagomo and Siti Kassim cases are based on offences committed under the same law. Papagomo’s case was brought to court but Siti’s has been dropped,” he said in a Facebook post.

“I am not defending Papagomo’s actions, but I want to know why the AG’s actions are not consistent.

“If this goes on, the rakyat will lose trust (in the system) and it will definitely cast a bad impression on the country’s legal system,” Khairy said.

Papagomo claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court in Klang today to insulting and causing hurt to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

He was charged under Section 509 of the Penal Code with uttering the words “you are stupid” (“kau bodoh”) and Section 323 of the same law for injuring Syed Saddiq on his neck and shoulder on Feb 16.

This happened allegedly during the Semenyih by-election campaign.

Siti, on the other hand, was investigated under Section 509 of the Penal Code for “uttering a word or gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person” two years ago.

In 2016, Siti was heckled by participants at a forum on PAS’ plan to introduce heavier penalties for Muslim offenders.

A police report was lodged against her after she showed them the middle finger. She was later investigated by the police. Siti reportedly said her critics were trying to accuse her of insulting Islam.

Earlier this month, police had informed Siti that her case had been classified as “no further action” by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.