Prominent Malaysian blogger arrested under Sedition Act for social media post

GOMBAK (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -A prominent blogger, who goes by the handle "Papagomo", has been arrested under the Sedition Act in connection with the riot at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall on Sunday.

Wan Mohd Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, was arrested at his home on Tuesday night in connection with Sunday's Low Yat brawl.

"We arrested Papagomo in his house," Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Papagomo had allegedly posted a picture of an injured Malay accident victim on his social media, claiming he was a victim of the Low Yat Plaza brawl. A reply to the post told Papagomo that the victim was a relative and the incident was not related to Low Yat.

Police gave him a day to turn himself in but the warnings fell on deaf ears.

Khalid said police are also seeking out a member of "a political party" from Penang for spreading racial remarks online.

He said other netizens who did the same on social media will also be detained.

"We will not compromise, I don't care what's your race. You try to fan racial tensions we will take stern action," he said.

Khalid also said police have obtained a four-day remand order for Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association chief Mohd Ali Baharom, or Ali Tunju, to be investigated under the Sedition Act.

Mohd Ali was arrested on Tuesday after videos surfaced of him allegedly making seditious statements outside Low Yat Plaza to a group of protestors on Sunday night.