Scuffle at airport, report lodged against Papagomo
Published on: Monday, January 20, 2020
By: Sherell Jeffrey, Hayati Dzulkifli, Stefyanie Myla Micheal
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KOTA KINABALU: A scuffle took place between Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, and a group of men at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sunday.

The incident was recorded by several bystanders who uploaded footages of the commotion on social media. 

The Umno Youth exco member who was scheduled to depart for Kuala Lumpur at 9pm was surrounded by the group who confronted him for allegedly insulting Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.  Several men in the group were seen hitting Papagomo for purportedly tearing Shafie’s poster and calling him (Shafie) a traitor during the Kimanis parliamentary by-election campaign. 

Among those seen in the video were Datu Mohd Akjan Datu Ali Muhammad, who when contacted by Daily Express, on Sunday, confirmed he was present with his five sons. Akjan had earlier warned in a video that went viral that Papagomo should apologise to Shafie or face the consequences.

“We will stand for our chief minister regardless of who he is, we will defend our leader doesn’t matter if it is Pairin, Yong Teck Lee, Bernard Dompok, Madius Tangau...we will stand up for our leader,” he said. He claimed to have hit Papagomo three times after the latter refused to apologise.  “He (Papagomo) should be ethical when entering other people’s state, we want him to apologise for insulting our leader.

“We have been here for many years yet we have never insulted leaders in our State. He should respect our leaders. I did what I did on behalf of our people of Sabah and teach others a lesson not to come here and insult our leaders,” he said. 

He said Papagomo’s action was against the Election Offences Act 1954 and that action should be taken against him. 

A police report was lodged by Akjan at the KKIA police station at about 4.02pm the same day. The police report called for investigations to be made against Papagomo for the alleged incident in Kimanis.  

Meanwhile, City Police Chief ACP Habibi Majinji said the Papagomo checked in on the 9pm flight. 

He said initial findings showed that Papagomo arrived at KKIA around 7pm and a group of people tried to stop him from boarding.  A scuffle ensued, prompting police at the airport as well as police from the Kota Kinabalu Police Department to the scene to quell the situation. 

He said no police report has been made so far against the incident. 


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