THE title says it all.
By now, surely you must have heard what the Jelutong MP has said about the passing on of one of the foremost Islamic icon in Malaysia’s history.
Nevertheless, we are not here to discuss what he said but more like what he and his party, DAP did after this fiasco.
It seemed pretty simple at the start.
While a large quarter of Malaysians expressed sympathy and condolences on the social media regarding the passing of Allahyarham Datuk Dr Haron Din, one politician did otherwise.
While Jeff Ooi may argue that there was no malicious in his tweet, a better man than him would just apologise.
While the intent to ridicule Dr Haron’s passing may not be on Ooi’s mind but his poor choice of words left much room for interpretation.
I give him a benefit of a doubt on his first tweet.
However, his reaction after that is unbecoming of a parlimentarian.
Maybe, it is time for him to retire or the people of Jelutong should not vote him in come the next general elections.
What Ooi did was disrespectful to say the least.
In light of one’s passing, irrespective of how you may disagree with him, a gentleman would never stir a controversy over someone’s passing.
Even the leadership of DAP had decency to distance themselves from Ooi.
Although, I believe they should instruct him to have some manners and apologise rather than merely coming out with a statement.
All these brouhaha seem to highlight one thing, tolerance is sorely lacking in this country, especially among politicians.
Everyone seems to have something bad to say about the other.
Instead of criticising constructively and debating openly, most seemed comfortable to speak based on sentiments.
What Ooi tweeted represents what he actually thought of Allahyarham Dr Haron.
What is worse, neither he nor his party made an effort to repair the situation.
Ooi insisted he has done no wrong while his party merely said they do not share his views.
Pretty convenient, don’t you think?
It is about time Malaysians choose leaders who deserve to be there.
Khairul Amir is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.