Aside from wishing him a speedy recovery, people jokingly began calling on KJ tour the country on his bicycle.
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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.
JKR Kuala Langat memohon maaf ke atas kejadian yang menimpa YB. Menteri dan akan mengambil tindakan segera ke atas isu berkenaan dan mendoakan YB cepat sembuh.— JkrKualaLangat (@JkrKualaLangat) December 27, 2020
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.
Go and see road in Setia Alam, Taman Sungai Kapar Indah, Rantau Panjang, Meru.— Zaid Rozali (@fais_mohder) December 27, 2020
Lots of holes along the roads everywhere YB, even in Nilai. Need to urge the Munipil Councils of each district to look and act thoroughly on this matter so accidents and such won’t happen.— Apanz🇲🇾🌺 (@arfn_hkmi) December 27, 2020
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.
Kalau rakyat biasa langgar lubang sampai ada yang meninggal pun, buat bodoh je.. Sampai kena ada surat untuk proses. Hmmmmm sedih plak bila ada double standard mcm ni.— .:ᗩ Z a M:. (@muhd_azam7) December 27, 2020
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.
kalau rakyat biasa sampai meninggal pun jalan takkan repair 😢— xæ (@aidiltheazali) December 27, 2020
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.
Hamzah is the Editor of TRP. He was formerly a hard-news journalist who reported on politics, did investigative work, and occasionally went undercover. He now spends his days sitting at a desk, checking grammar and fielding calls from PR companies, which is totally fine and fulfilling. For sure. Yeah. He's also married with kids now so his wife and mother said he can't do risky things anymore.