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M’sians Call Out Double Standard On JKR’s Quick Response To KJ’s Accident

M’sians Call Out Double Standard On JKR’s Quick Response To KJ’s Accident

Aside from wishing him a speedy recovery, people jokingly began calling on KJ tour the country on his bicycle.

Hamzah Nazari

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Yesterday, while out cycling, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, who is commonly referred to as KJ, took a tumble after hitting a pothole and suffered a few scrapes and bruises across his face.

After he gamely tweeted photos of the offending road and his injuries, the Kuala Langat Public Works Department (JKR Kuala Langat) quickly replied with an apology and promised to act immediately to repair the road.

Following their swift action, and aside from wishing him a speedy recovery, people jokingly began calling on KJ to tour the country on his bicycle.

This is because KJ’s spill highlights the deplorable state of roads across Malaysia which have damaged vehicles, caused injury, and even killed some road users.

However, the speedy response and apology by the Public Works Department (on a Sunday, no less) also highlights a double standard that many Malaysians would agree exists between the leaders of the country and the rakyat.

Many of the replies to the tweet by the Works Department claim the Works Department wouldn’t fix a pothole or apologise if it was the average citizen who had been hurt or even killed.

When a normal citizen hits a pothole and even dies, they ignore it.. Till there’s even a need for a letter to process. Hmmmm its sad when there are double standards like this.

Normal citizens even when they die the road isn’t repaired.

So far, neither KJ, nor the Public Works Department have commented further on this matter, though there were some Twitter users who urged for the Minister to raise the issue in Parliament.


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