Malaysian blogger and Umno man held over Low Yat brawl

Malaysian blogger and Umno man held over Low Yat brawl
Papagomo (left): Remanded for four days. Shaik Hussein (right): To be investigated under the Sedition Act.
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KUALA LUMPUR - The string of arrests continued in the wake of the Low Yat Plaza incident, with blogger Papagomo and, in a surprise move, Bagan Umno chief Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin, detained for inciting racial tension.

The blogger, whose real name is Wan Mohd Azri Wan Deris, was arrested by officers at his home on Tuesday night, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Also arrested previously were Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom aka Ali Tinju and two young men - one of whom has been charged in court with stealing a smartphone. The other is said to have claimed later that they had been cheated by a dealer.

Papagomo has been remanded for four days while Mohd Ali is being held until today (Thursday). Police will seek to extend his remand.

In BUKIT MERTAJAM, Shaik Hussein was arrested minutes before his press conference on the Low Yat brawl outside the police headquarters.

When the former Penang Umno Youth chief arrived at the police station at about 1.45pm accompanied by state Umno secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, he was detained by two policemen.

At about 4.05pm, Musa walked out of the police station and told pressmen that police had taken Shaik Hussein to Bukit Aman for investigation under the Sedition Act.

It is believed that Shaikh Hussein had posted messages criticising Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a Telegram messaging group.

Touching on this, Musa said: "We do have a closed-group in the Telegram mobile app to discuss issues pertaining to the party and the Government."

"We have ministers and division chiefs in the group. We want the police to investigate who leaked the chat contents out of the group."

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