Malaysia

Police say Papa Gomo no longer postal voter

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 28, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 – The man that PKR claims is pro-Umno blogger “Papa Gomo” was a former police constable that was booted from the force for committing a crime, the police confirmed today.

Federal police (Bukit Aman) director of management Datuk Mortadza Nazarene also said in a statement today that Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris’s record as a police voter was erased from police records after Wan Muhammad Azri was terminated on September 6, 2012.

“Therefore, the issue of him being simultaneously registered as a policeman for postal voting and as a civilian voter does not arise,” said Mortadza in a statement uploaded on the police’s Facebook page today.

“This matter was also explained by the Election Commission (EC) that his registration as a postal voter was removed from their records, as per the EC’s statement on March 23, 2013,” he added.

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said last Friday that Wan Muhammad Azri was a former traffic policeman who was sentenced to jail for threatening someone suspected to be a drug addict to get bribes.

Rafizi added that the EC “quietly” removed Wan Muhammad Azri’s record as a postal voter in Ampang last Saturday.

The blogger was also registered in Wangsa Maju with his civilian IC number.

Mortadza said today that Wan Muhammad Azri served as a police constable in the Ampang police district headquarters from July 1, 2002, to November 30, 2004, before he was arrested for a criminal offence.

He added that Wan Muhammad Azri was convicted of a crime on September 6, 2012, despite his court appeal against the charge in the Ampang Jaya Sessions Court on October 31, 2005. Mortadza did not specify the crime.

Mortadza said that the police subsequently held a disciplinary inquiry and sacked Wan Muhammad Azri on the same day.

Rafizi said last Tuesday that Papa Gomo’s ex-wife will soon testify against her former husband in court, and is expected to reveal the controversial blogger’s identity and details of how his pro-Umno blogsite was set up.

He added that Papa Gomo’s immigration records, when compared to Papa Gomo’s or Wan Muhammad Azri’s voter registration records in the EC database, proved that the man was once a phantom voter, as he was registered as a voter twice under two identification cards – one using his former police IC, and another, using his civilian IC.

Both EC records, however, show different birth dates and spell out different names – Wan Muhd Azri Wan Deris, birth date April 8, 1983, under the police IC, and Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, birthdate January 21, 1983, under the civilian IC.

Rafizi has said that a check using both ICs with immigration records returned the same person, Wan Muhammad Azri, and showed that the man’s actual birth date is on January 21, 1983.

In Papa Gomo’s latest round of allegations, the blogger reposted photographs of a man resembling Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seen locked in a kiss with another male.

He has also released two short clips of the opposition leader seen talking to what he claims is a 19-year-old male undergraduate with promises to release the full video soon, alleging that Anwar has been targeting young boys for his sexual exploits.

Anwar has since filed a RM100 million defamation suit against the blogger.