Staff Who Insulted Agong No Longer with Cisco, but Umno Protest Still On

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The man who insulted Kelantan ruler Sultan Muhammad V in a Facebook posting is no longer with Cisco System, said the firm in a Facebook posting today.

However, the firm did not clarify if the man’s employment had been terminated or if he resigned.

“Cisco firmly believes in respecting and honouring local Malaysian traditions and laws. The remark was made by the employee in his personal capacity and does not represent Cisco’s views.

“We deeply regret any distress caused and apologise. The employee has also issued an apology and is no longer with the company,” it added in the posting.

Various quarters had called for action to be taken against the individual, Eric Liew, who made the disparaging remark on Facebook in response to a news report on Sultan Muhammad V resigning as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


Liew later retracted his posting and apologised.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported that netizens flooded Cisco System’s Asean region Facebook page to demand that the tech giant take action against Liew.

An Umno Youth delegation also submitted a memorandum to the Cisco System office in Kuala Lumpur.

Prior to that, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dususki said the police must act against Liew.

He also described the comment, which linked the ruler’s resignation to sex, as an “extreme form of insult and slander”.

Meanwhile, Umno will proceed with its protest against the tech firm at KL Sentral this afternoon until it sees proof that Liew is no longer an employee.

Selangor Umno Youth deputy chief Amin Mohd Shukor said he is aware of Cisco Asean’s clarification that Liew was no longer an employee on its Facebook page, but insisted the company provide proof.

“We will push Cisco Asean to give an official response with all the proper letters,” Selangor Umno Youth deputy chief Amin Mohd Shukor was quoted as saying to the Malay Mail.

Amin also said he is aware that there are two companies with the Cisco name: Cisco Asean and Cisco (M) Sdn Bhd.

“Yup, I know two different entities that’s why we are pressuring Cisco to issue an official statement on this matter. So far, Cisco Malaysia has not given a response.”

He added that the global Cisco Group will be viewed negatively until it clears the doubts concerning Liew’s employment.

Upset Malaysians took to social media yesterday raining scorn on and calling for action against Liew for his crass comment following the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on January 6.

Online sleuths pinned him as an employee of Cisco Asean and triggered an avalanche of comments on its Facebook page, demanding his sacking.

Liew has since admitted to making “a rude comment about our ex-Agong today which was in bad taste.”

He also apologised and added: “I hope those angered by it can forgive me.”

Liew has also since deactivated his Facebook account.