Tergamak peminat dan pembela Al Jazeera kutuk kerajaan Malaysia sampai begini — and furthermore using words like “a rubbish country” and “scum nation”.
See more tweets at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: Steven Mak‘s tweet was retweeted by Ambiga Sreenevasan
Al Jazeera’s home base is Qatar on the Arabian peninsula.
Qatar‘s fellow Gulf state Kuwait is all set to throw out 800,000 Indian workers from the country, partly repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic as well as because of the recent nosedive in price in oil — see news report below.
Therefore Malaysia tightening our immigration enforcement is nothing unusual; the same is happening all around the world.
Yet Al Jazeera pictures in its controversial short film this week that illegals in Malaysia feel badly treated because we’ve rounded up some of them for deportation.
Predictably people in our country are taking sides in the Al Jazeera quarrel along the accustomed minority-majority ratio we’re familiar with. The Al Jazeera video on YouTube has been viewed one-and-a-half million times and received 5,100 thumbs-up (minority sentiment) versus 302,000 thumbs-down (majority sentiment).
The you-know-who minority, as usual, will jump at any chance to cast Malaysia in a bad light, including in this controversy of the Al Jazeera negative reporting. Hence their cheering on the Qatar cable broadcaster.
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The pandemic affected everybody.
“Since the beginning of Covid-19, there has been a spike in anti-expat rhetoric,” reported Gulf News on Sunday (July 5) about the tensions in Kuwait.
And let’s not forget that stressed Malaysian citizens ourselves were under lockdown, where even funeral attendance was restricted and weddings cancelled. It’s true some Bangladeshis and Rohingya were put in detention centres but hey, we Malaysians were self quarantined too in our homes under the MCO!
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There is also a incipient race war there with skirmishes occurring between Black Lives Matter activists (which includes violent white Antifa) and ordinary Americans who feel threatened by the riots and the Occupy.
BELOW: Ambiga Sreenevasan‘s Twitter storm today
“A rubbish country”, “scum nation”
Former Bersih chairman Ambiga had a lot to say about the Al Jazeera kerfuffle and its tangential immigration issues. In her series of tweets and retweets today (see below also), Ambiga touched on police questioning of Heidy Quah and Tashny Sukumaran, and the supposedly racist and xenophobic hate speech by Malaysians.
Similar to over there in the USA, Malaysia has a huge partisan divide as well. As one example, public approval for the Perikatan government is largely positive on its handling of the virus first wave. Nonetheless, among hardcore supporters of the ousted Harapan regime (a minority), the Muhyiddin government can do nothing right.
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Typical knee-jerk response from the usual suspects — of course they would slam our police for initiating a probe on Al Jazeera.
And needless to say, their undisguised contempt for the Perikatan government – see below Steven Mak’s diatribe retweeted by Ambiga – is not able to be kept in check when the opportunity presents itself.