Malaysia cops face trouble arresting blogger who assaulted foreign worker

GEORGE TOWN: The police are unable to haul up blogger Papagomo for allegedly roughing up a foreign worker because the victim cannot be located.

The victim's statement is needed before action can be taken against the blogger who was caught on video punching, slapping and kicking him last month.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said investigators had interviewed Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Azri Wan Deris, and asked him to co-operate by leading them to the victim.

"But, he has not done so till today," he said at the Penang police headquarters after witnessing the handover of duties between outgoing state police chief Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi and new police chief Comm Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab yesterday.

He was responding to public comments that the police were too lenient and stressed legal procedures must be followed.

"We cannot be emotional. We cannot simply make arrests because somebody was seen beaten up in a video. This is to ensure fair justice. Be patient. Action will be taken," he said.

It was reported earlier that Papagomo had assaulted a man who is believed to be a foreign worker in a four-minute video clip that went viral on social media.

Wan Azri claimed the man had harassed two of his younger sisters and two of their friends.