I got a forwarded WhatsApp message with a short clip today.
Syed Saddiq wrote that he got assaulted at the Semenyih’s by election nomination centre. In the short clip, it looks like a group of BN supporters had surrounded him including his two colleagues who were on their way back to their car to leave the centre. Offensive words like “bangsat” and “babi” were also made by the mobsters. The clip wasn’t so clear but it looks like the police officers had to come over to help Syed Saddiq so that they can get back to their car. Since the event wasn’t an official event, he didn’t have his outriders or the usual escort.
After lodging a police report, Syed Saddiq said that Papagomo had assaulted him by choking his neck. I hope that the police will investigate and if there is indeed such a a case, Papagomo needs to be charged swiftly (note: I’ve also read that Papagomo had also made a similar police report negating Syed Saddiq’s version of event).
This gangster politics is perhaps one of the reasons why many young people especially professionals are so reluctant to join politics . One might think that we won’t see this type of incident happening anymore in a new post 9 May era. Much to our dismay, if a minister like Syed Saddiq could be assaulted in broad daylight by a group of mobsters, what chances does a normal political party member would have against these mobsters?
But again, I’m talking about mobsters. And the mobsters, are well mobsters. I read once that you should never “negotiate” your way through if you’re in a mob scenario. The best thing you can do when surrounded by a mob is actually, well, yes, to run away.
Maybe it’s the timing as well. Nomination day can be high times for many people especially staunch supporters. It must’ve been scorching hot and supporters can get rowdy and agitated which might explain the incident today. Or perhaps it’s just maturity of their supporters which have not improved over the years.
I really wish we can explore what we can do to move away from gangster politics.