The one thing you can count on is Malaysians’ sense of humour.
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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.
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.
Malaysians be like… pic.twitter.com/521bDwlCUp— Typical Malaysian (@TypicalMsian) July 29, 2021
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.
Taki throw game.— Ernest Ng Bro (@ernestngBRO) July 29, 2021
Leading at 70minutes with mega creeps and he jumped in and chrono his own entire team.
Now kena team wipe, rapier dropped, nobody got buyback.
If Malaysian politics was DOTA.
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.
Malaysian Parliament is the Tiger King of 2021— Mikhail Svrcula (@Mikhail_Svrcula) July 29, 2021
Even MPs themselves managed to find the humour in the issue.
I was asked by YB @FuziahSallehMP (PKR Kuantan) to comment about today’s event on her facebook live.— Wong Chen (@WongChenPKR) July 29, 2021
I told her, if there is an Olympic event called Parliament Gymnastics, Malaysia had won a gold medal today. https://t.co/d93q5jXsiI
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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