Netizens said that it was normal for Malaysians to be tired from a busy schedule, but most Malaysians are paid way less.
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It seems that netizens weren’t too kind towards Deputy Works Minister Datuk Eddin Syazlee Shith, who was recently filmed falling asleep onstage while chairing a school graduation ceremony in Negeri Sembilan.
At just over a minute long, the Kuala Pilah MP appeared unconscious for a few moments in the video before being wakened up by people at the event.
As the viral comment nightmare continued to rage online, Eddin Syazlee’s official Twitter account commented with a short statement saying that on the day the video was taken, the deputy minister had been unwell but still insisted on attending the school event.
Dato Eddin kurang sihat namun bagi memenuhi undangan jemputan beliau gagahkan diri untuk hadir.Alhamdulilah pada majlis ini Dato’ telah meluluskan pemasangan penghawa dingin untuk Dewan Sekolah dan juga menyumbang sedikit dana untuk membantu pihak sekolah memperoleh bas— Eddin Syazlee (@eddin_syazlee) April 11, 2021
The same was reportedly said by Eddin Syazlee’s special officer Farahiah Zubir, who also came forward to apologize on the latter’s behalf.
Others also came to Eddin Syazlee’s aid by asking the public to walk a day in a minister’s shoes.
Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Central Information Secretary and Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s special officer, Subash Chandrabose Arumugam Pillai, Tweeted that it’s normal for ministers to wake up at six in the morning and only go home after two at night.
Jadi Timbalan Menteri tidur. Cuba ikut jadual seorang Menteri satu hari. Kalau terlelap, maksudnya penat. Saya ikut Menteri pun pagi bangun 6 pagi dan balik rumah tidur pukul 2pagi.— Major A.Subash Chandrabose (@SubashCBose6) April 11, 2021
His comments however attracted even more criticism as some social media commenters countered with the fact that other Malaysians are also working for longer hours at lesser pay to put food on the table.
No matter how tired you are, your stomach is full, able to afford fancy clothes, foods & gadgets, pay your bills on time, put gas in your car with your RM50k p/month salary.— (JustMe)🇲🇾#RakyatJagaRakyat# (@Kiraneia_Unwill) April 12, 2021
Do you think we, rakyat marhaen, can do that with our RM1.2k p/month salary? https://t.co/u5DQeAJoFB
Theres a lot more people who work harder than you, but earn not even half of hour wage monthly.— j. (@MuhdJhn) April 12, 2021
cut the crap cry baby https://t.co/1d2tSe74kd
awwwww sounds like a normal working person’s schedule. the only difference here is menteris get paid a tenfold 🥰 and marhaens are expected to live with minimum wage on top of no sleep to compensate 🤍 https://t.co/eQnODXiYNU— Lily ☁️ (@omgilirawaidaa) April 12, 2021
Typing out trending issues and walking the fine line between deep and dumb.