TNB, Company Suspend Staff for Insulting Royal Institution

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Getting the sack for posting insulting comments on Agong.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has suspended an employee for allegedly insulting the royal institution on social media.

TNB said in a statement that the action, effective immediately, was taken pending an investigation into the incident.

“As a company with high values and integrity, we will not compromise if any of our employees make such statements,” it said, stressing that the statement made by the employee on a social media account was her own opinion and differed from the company’s principles.

The employee earned the wrath of netizens when she and the owner of the social media account, believed to be her husband, wrote comments insulting the monarchy and resignation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.

Earlier, Cisco Systems Malaysia managing director Albert Chai said an employee, Eric Liew, had left the company after he made a remark on Facebook but declined to reveal if he was sacked or had resigned.

Liew was condemned by netizens for his uncouth comments against Sultan Muhammad V which went viral, resulting in several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Umno Youth to lodge police reports demanding action to be taken against him.

Liew later retracted his comments and apologised for his action on his social media account.

Meanwhile, consultancy firm Pemandu Associates has also suspended an employee for a Twitter post that allegedly insulted the royal institution.

The firm said in a brief notice on its Facebook page that the staff had been suspended with immediate effect pending internal investigations as it viewed the matter seriously and said it will take action.

The social media accounts of Cisco and Pemandu Associates were bombarded by angry messages after the offending comments were traced back to their employees.

Related report: Jan 8, Staff Who Insulted Agong No Longer with Cisco, but UMNO Protest Still On