Sabah police probing Papagomo airport fracas

Blogger Papagomo (with beard, at left) was involved in an altercation with about 20 men at the Kota Kinabalu international airport yesterday.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police chief Omar Mammah will be summoning both parties who were involved in a fracas involving Umno Youth member Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as blogger Papagomo, at the international airport here yesterday.

Omar said a police report was lodged by Azri at the Setapak police station in Kuala Lumpur at 2.30am today.

“The Sabah police will probe the case under Section 147 of the Penal Code (for rioting).

“And we would be speaking to both sides involved in the incident which was captured on a video that had gone viral on social media,” he said here today.

Omar urged those who witnessed the incident to come forward and help in the investigation.

“We view this seriously. The investigation will be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers soon for the next course of action,” he said.

Papagomo was involved in a fracas with a group of about 20 men at the airport here as he and his supporters were about to leave for Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Papagomo had sparked the anger of Sabahans three days ago after he was said to have ripped up a photo of Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is Sabah chief minister.

Earlier, Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua denied that Warisan was involved in the incident.

In a statement, Loretto said they were not aware of the incident until it went viral.

“Warisan will not support any form of gangsterism because that is not our culture here.

“Although Papagomo showed his gangster actions before this, to the extent of bringing about the unhappiness of many quarters, this doesn’t mean we should stoop as low as Papagomo.

“Warisan will not compromise with such gangster culture,” he said.