Padungan rep receives death threat towards his family, lodges police report

KUCHING, Jan 10: Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei lodged a police report this afternoon after receiving a death threat towards his family on Facebook.

He told reporters that he stumbled upon the threat when checking his Facebook account around 8.30am today.

The threat was made by a person using the Facebook handle ‘Adam Yap’ in Mandarin. ‘Adam Yap’ labelled Wong as a “rocket dog” and said his family “should go die”.

“I earlier shared a post from See Hua news portal commenting that no one is above the law. My post has been shared by a person on Facebook named `Adam Yap’, which I believe is a fake account.

“He was very unhappy with my post on the charge against Chin Siaw Hong in court under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation. Therefore, he made the following comment, saying my whole family should die in Mandarin and also described me as a rocket dog and hindering the freedom of speech,” said Wong.

This is the latest police report he has lodged for the same threat on Facebook since December last year.

He explained that the threat came about after he brought to court a Chin Siaw Hong, 50, for defaming him in August last year. Chin was charged for allegedly accusing Wong of engaging in a fraudulent land deal.

Wong said Chin pleaded not guilty to defaming him and was released on bail yesterday. The Magistrate’s Court fixed Feb 22, 2019, for pre-trial case management.

“With this, I have no other alternative but to make a police report because my life and also my family members’ lives have been threatened because he (Adam Yap) wanted my whole family to die,” he said.

Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei.
Screen cap of the threat made by ‘Adam Yap’ (courtesy of Wong King Wei)

He said since he lodged the first few police reports in December last year, the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had not been able to identify the suspects.

Wong suspected that the culprits could be members of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) as they had questioned and argued with him on social media before for attacking them.

He also believed that his political rivals might also have a hand in these personal attacks.

He expressed his disappointment with the inefficiency of these agencies for not being able to identify the suspects until now, and he has grown anxious as his and his family’s safety are at stake.

“Even after the change of government, the working attitude (civil servants) is still the same. I feel shameful because I’m part of the government. So, until and unless the MCMC or the police can identify the culprits within a short period of time, I have no confidence in all these enforcement bodies.

“To the federal government, the ministers-in-charge of these agencies sitting up there have to take serious note of this. Home Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) and Minister of Communications and Multimedia (Gobind Singh Deo).

“I believe more (attacks) will come because they are taking revenge on me for making these police reports and for taking one of them to court. I believe the vengeance will carry on if the police and MCMC still remain inefficient,” said Wong. — DayakDaily