Friday, March 22, 2013

How we protest?

Pro-Umno blogger Papagomo is a phantom voter, who can vote both in Ampang and Wangsa Maju, PKR claimed today.

NONEThis is based on searches the party conducted on the Election Commission (EC) website using the identity card (IC) numbers of Papagomo, or Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, yesterday.

According to PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli, Wan Muhammad Azri possesses two ICs - a police IC from when he was a corporal in the traffic police, and a civilian IC.

Papagomo was suspended from duty and convicted of corruption, and the decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal last year.

Rafizi claims checks had shown that the addresses on the two ICs belong to the same person, adding this proves Pakatan Rakyat's claim over the existence of phantom voters.

NONE"The only difference is the birth date in both searches in the EC (website), but we are confident he is the same person as provided in the screen capture with addresses in Danau Apartment and Taman Bukit Ampang.

“This finding shows the existence of phantom voters, with Papagomo being allowed to vote twice,” Rafizi said.

He called on the EC to explain the matter and state “how many individuals like Papagomo, who likes to slander political opponents, are given an opportunity to vote”.
'Both are the same person'

Rafizi said PKR was certain that despite the differing ICs, both are the same person.

He based this on court documents related to Papagomo's conviction on corruption and the handing of the letter of demand by Anwar Ibrahim's lawyers according to details from the civilian IC.

"When the documents were served, Papagomo immediately commented in the blog on the letter of demand," he said.

NONE"I have personally asked several individuals in Ampang, and they remember Muhammad Azri (right) as the corporal who had served there.

"At least three people I met confirmed this."

Rafizi said checks have also shown that Papagomo uses the two addresses for mailing.

The PKR director of strategy said he had court documents to back his claims and would not hesitate in releasing them in the future.

The question is - following Wan Muhammad Azri's conviction or suspension - why has he been allowed to hold two identity cards, and also have voting rights, Rafizi asked.

"He may have voted twice in 2008, and if not stopped, he may do that again in 2013. This is something the EC has to answer," he said.

The police and the National Registration Department said Rafizi should also elaborate further on the matter.

Yesterday, N Surendran filed a RM100 million suit on behalf of Anwar Ibrahim against Papagomo after the blogger failed to abide by the letter of demand that was sent to the blogger’s house in Taman Danau Kota.

Anwar 'friendly with anyone’

Asked about the sex video Papagomo had uploaded yesterday, purportedly of a man resembling Anwar, Rafizi said the opposition leader "is friendly with anyone and such images of him can be abused".

NONE"It is not difficult to do that and even I can ask someone to do it (abuse images) on anyone here,” he said.

But what was important, Rafizi (left)added, was to check with the EC on this matter of voter discrepancy.

He claimed that PKR would not get any reply if it were to check with NRD and police.

Malaysiakini is contacting Papagomo to seek verification on Rafizi’s allegations - if indeed he possesses two ICs and if he is a registered voter in two constituencies. 

Meanwhile, during the press conference, Rafizi also engaged in a verbal exchange with a journalist from Agenda Daily.

This occurred after the female journalist asked why Anwar had chosen to file a suit against Papagomo this time, but not previously when another video, purportedly of Anwar with a woman, was also put up on the same blog and which was also screened by the notorious Datuk T trio.

To this, Rafizi curtly replied that the legal action may also include the earlier video.

However, when the same journalist was about to ask another question, Rafizi asked where the reporter was from.

Upon hearing her reply, Rafizi told her to concentrate on asking questions pertaining to the EC and voter discrepancies, instead of focusing on other matters.

He proceeded to field questions from other reporters while refusing to answer any subsequent question from the Agenda Daily reporter.

When she asked how PKR intended to practise freedom of the press that it championed, Rafizi said he had already answered her earlier question and threatened to call security to evict her from the PKR office.

She was permitted to remain after this, and further exchanges between the two took place as the press conference concluded.

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