PM under fire for ‘fake’ clean-up act

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Malaysians are not shy to share their discontent and frustration or take a dig at a particular event or politician on social media.

Yesterday, they trained their guns on Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, after a clip of the leader posing with a shovel and pretending to clean up a flood-hit area in Hulu Langat went viral.

Twitter user @sofeahjoned initially shared the video, saying “the prime minister was having fun with the shovel. Only in Malaysia”.

The tweet has more than 400,000 views, 4,000 retweets and 4,000 likes.

User @PlatoHitam said “not working for the people, but for the camera”, while @AdibAlexx, who is “furious” by the leader’s actions, said “people have died due to your incompetence”.

User @ijoyishak said the government seems to be entertaining more than doing actual work.

“This government really knows how to entertain people but does not know how to work for people. #kerajaangagallagi,” he wrote.

Some social media users made fun of the clip, saying that the prime minister seemed to be having fun as if he is at a beach.

“Mael (Ismail) thought he is at a beach building a sandcastle,” said Twitter user @tyrahabub_.

User @NandaKumar_ said he wonders what Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan will say of the video.

“I do not know what kind of information chaps like Shahril is gonna say for stuff like this.”

Shahril had yesterday defended Ismail, saying that the prime minister has taken swift action to address floods in the Klang Valley.

Previously, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun received criticism for her “cleaning stunt”.

Malaysians have accused politicians of using the devastating disaster to boost their online presence and demanded them to stop pretending to help flood victims. – TMI