KAJANG – Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman told the Magistrate’s Court here today that Umno Youth member Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, who is better known as Papagomo, grabbed him by his left shoulder and neck – causing ‘soft tissue injury’ – before saying ‘Kau bodoh’ (You are stupid) in his ear, during an incident in February this year.

Recounting the incident on the nomination day of the Semenyih state by-election, Syed Saddiq, 26, said that he and three of his officers were walking towards his car, parked outside the nomination centre, when they were accosted by a group of people.

“At 11am, the road we were walking along had been re-opened by the police, as the nomination session was over. Across the road, there was a group of about 50 to 100 opposition party supporters, and they were repeatedly hurling abusive words like ‘pigs’, ‘bastards’ and ‘hancing’ (foul-smelling) against us.

“We continued walking, but then a group of people began crossing the road and surrounded us. When we were surrounded, we got anxious, nervous and scared, because we were ‘outnumbered’ by them,” he said.

The Muar MP said this during an examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Hairuliqram Hairuddin on the second day of a trial against Papagomo, who was charged on two counts of outraging the modesty of and injuring Syed Saddiq.

After witnessing the actions of the group, Syed Saddiq said that one of his security officers – who is also the first prosecution witness, Mohd Amin Bacho – as well as members of the traffic police and several volunteers from an opposition party, came to protect him.

“Although the police were on the left, one of them (from the Opposition group), known as Papagomo, came running towards us via a drain to the right. He came right up to my side and grabbed my left shoulder and neck area.

“I kept moving forward and he said in my ear ‘you are stupid’ and there were a few more words I couldn’t make out due to the alarming situation,” the minister said.

According to Syed Saddiq, the pressure from the grip on his shoulder and neck, which lasted for three to five seconds, had caused pain, and he felt it once he reached his home.

“Without wasting any time, I lodged a police report and did a check-up at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM), and after examining me and taking an x-ray, the doctor informed me that there was ‘soft tissue injury’.

“I was then given a painkiller shot and two kinds of medicine to take,” he said.

When asked by Muhammad Hairuliqram if he knew who Papagomo was, Syed Saddiq answered ‘Yes’, and pointed towards Wan Muhammad Azri, who was present in the court.

On Feb 28, Papagamo was charged with outraging the modesty of Syed Saddiq by saying “You are stupid” on the sidewalk of Persiaran Impian Perdana, Saujana Impian, at 11.05am on Feb 16, under Section 509 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, or a fine, or both, if convicted.

He was also charged with intentionally causing injury to the Bersatu Youth chief’s neck and shoulder at the same time, place and date under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to one year, or a fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.

The trial before Magistrate Nor Afidah Idris continues on Jan 28, 2020.

– Bernama