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Malaysians React Quickly With Humor As Politicians Scramble In Parliament Chaos

Malaysians React Quickly With Humor As Politicians Scramble In Parliament Chaos

The one thing you can count on is Malaysians’ sense of humour.

Anne Dorall

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The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah dropped a bomb on the fourth day of the Special Parliamentary Meeting, claiming that he never consented to the Emergency Ordinances being lifted.

His statement triggered a ruckus in Parliament and as MPs and Ministers rushed to figure out how to move forward, new Covid-19 positive cases in Parliament were detected, triggering a lockdown.

Additionally, some Ministers left Parliament during the recess, but before the lockdown, and rushed over to the house of Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md Yassin, who was not present at Parliament due to unspecified health reasons.

READ MORE: [Just In] Agong Says Has Not Consented To Emergency Ordinance Being Revoked

As the panic and confusion continued in Malaysian politics, on social media Malaysians turned to jokes and memes, as we are wont to do during any moment of national crisis.

Ernest Ng, a popular cartoonist, equated the entire fiasco to the popular game DOTA, likening what Parliamentary Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan had done to “throwing the game” by claiming that the Emergency Ordinance were cancelled, without the Agong’s consent, essentially sabotaging his own team.

Some also wondered if the ensuing chaos will be settled in time to catch Malaysian badminton athlete Lee Zii Jia’s men’s singles match against China later today.

Comedian Mikhail Svrcula referenced the whole situation to the Netflix show Tiger King, which ramps up the drama in extremely rapidly in various outlandish ways.

Even MPs themselves managed to find the humour in the issue.

For the time being, Parliament is suspended and will only resume next Monday due to these unforseen circumstances and Covid-19 scares.


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