Blogger Papagomo or Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris has been arrested over his racist comments towards Chinese and Indians as well as slanderous statements against the DAP.
According to NST and The Star, the blogger who is also an Umno Youth executive council member was arrested yesterday (Nov 29) as confirmed by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun today.
He is currently under investigation for making a video where he allegedly incited racial tensions among Malays and Bumiputera against the Chinese and Indians.
NST believed that he was arrested over the video posted on Wednesday titled “This is Malay Land” on his page which goes by the name Sir Arzi.
An excerpt of one of his many videos had been reuploaded where Wan Muhammad Azri was heard telling his viewers not to challenge the Malays as they are the majority of the country.
“Jangan cabar. Kaum Cina, Kaum India, jangan cabar… (Don’t challenge, the Chinese and the Indians)
“Ini ketuanan Melayu (this is the supremacy of the Malay),” said the blogger who is currently detained, adding that DAP is the root of the problem.
He said the group could “try to challenge” but he threatened that the Malays have a larger population. He also brazenly said he would want to see the group be stripped of their voting rights, claiming that the fellow Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak would agree to it too.
“The Chinese and the Indians cannot be allowed to vote in Malaysia. I want to see this happen.
“I have my confidence that the people in Sabah and Sarawak would agree to not let the Chinese vote.
“They want to do business, they are allowed. They want to be rich, they are also allowed. But they cannot be allowed to vote,” said the blogger.
Malay Mail also reported similarly, stating Wan Muhammad Azri was calling the Indians “squatters”.
Federal Territories DAP Socialist Youth lodged a report against the Umno member at Kepong police station. It would be investigated under the Penal Code’s Sections 504 to 506, which involves intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, publishing any statement with the intent to cause fear to the public, and criminal intimidation.
“Such action of his intends to create chaos. It did not help to unite Malaysians, but adding fuel to the fire on the recent Hindu temple land dispute.
“We condemn Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris for using the incident to get cheap political publicity,” the DAP wing wrote in a statement.
The current party in the ruling government also claimed that Wan Muhammad Azri accused DAP as the mastermind behind the riots at Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in Subang Jaya, while also accusing DAP MP Lim Kit Siang of plotting the bloody May 13 racial riots.
In one of the videos, he was also questioning what is the relationship between the One City’s director and PKR president Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim. He was repeatedly asking his audience to fikir (think) but many of his speech proved no essence other than to incite racial tension.
“DAP strives to achieve a harmonious and united society, it is a plural society which is also moderate and inclusive.
“DAP will not allow anyone, for example, Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris from Umno, to spread racial hatred speech as he pleases to destroy racial harmony and national unity to get cheap political publicity,” DAP youth stated.
Last night at 10pm, Wan Muhammad Azri posted on Facebook that he was brought in for questioning in Wangsa Maju district police station.
He wrote, “I do not know what is wrong in freedom of speech which has been lobbied by the Pakatan Harapan government.
“My fight to call on the Anak Bangsa (bumiputeras and Malays) to rise in the (Facebook) live video is not a call to arms, or to hurt anyone.”
A page administrator later wrote a status, calling his followers to gather at Jinjang police station to show support for “his call to defend the Malay and bumiputera rights in the country”.
“Sir Azri’s fight can only reach its goal if there is solidarity among bumiputeras and Malays, even if there is a difference in political views,” the post said.