Sedition attack on Miriam Mokhtar by online apparel seller


Zaparudin Abdul Rahim relaxing with the Special Branch


More Umno bullying as attack squads and police show support

Apparel seller and Umno thought police?

Apparel seller and Umno stooge?

An online businessman has filed a sedition report against an article by political commentator Miriam Mokhtar published at Free Malaysia Today on Friday.

The man, Zaparudin Abdul Rahim, who sells Korean apparel and knick-knacks with his wife, claims to be chairman of “Semut”, a so-called NGO or rather an acronym for an Umno-inspired harrassment group.

Support from Umno media

In what appeared to be a coordinated attack, he issued a media advisory early in the morning, then conducted a press conference that was attended by the pro-Umno Agenda Daily website, ntv7, and the Umno-controlled goverment media RTM and Bernama, among others – outside the police station in central Kuala Lumpur.

Relaxing later with the Special Branch

Facebook posting of complainant and Special Branch relaxing over refreshments

Facebook posting of complainant and Special Branch relaxing over refreshments

Soon after, he showed off a photo on Facebook showing him having drinks and snacks with an inspector and policemen from Special Branch of Dang Wangi station.

He said:

Lepak minum, sembang dan bincang.. Bersama saya Inspektor, dan Unit Cawangan Khas.. IPD Dang Wangi,KL.. Nama terpaksa dirahsiakan.. Hehe..

Mungkin ada risiko yang saya akan hadapi lepas ni. Tapi takpe, itu cabaran dalam perjuangan.

Agenda Daily carried a story prominently almost immediately after Zaparudin had filed his report, with a large photo of the complainant holding copies of the report and the FMT article.

Big play in pro-Umno attack site Agenda Daily

Big play in pro-Umno attack site Agenda Daily

Soon after, report was carried on an Umno cybertrooper blog, which boasts of being a member of Unit Media Baru, the online attack squad whose patron and founding father is Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.

The blog also boasts of being a supporter of the police force, and features a police badge together with an Umno badge.

Zaparudin is described as chairman of “Semut” which apparently stands for “Sensible and Ethical Malaysian United Troopers” and which apparently “monitors social media”.

In other words, more than likely, just another bunch of Umno and police stooges bent on harrassing other Malaysian citizens.

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